Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum

Building Professional Resiliency and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker, Supervisor, Manager

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: This training is intended for all levels of Child Welfare Staff including Lineworkers, Supervisors, and Managers

Description of Course: For the past 30 years research has been steadily accumulating to demonstrate that caring has its costs. We now know that working with others who suffer pain, depression, abuse and trauma has negative effects for the child welfare professional— many of which are potentially debilitating. Attend this seminar and learn powerful tools that are critical elements of professional resiliency and integrate them into your professional life immediately.

  • Say goodbye to job-related stress
  • Why self-care isn’t enough—the secrets of compassion resiliency
  • Learn the 5 critical elements of professional resiliency
  • Powerful tools to immediately integrate into your professional life

Intended Objectives:

  • Summarize the history, causes, treatment and prevention of compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, child welfare professional stress, countertransference, and vicarious traumatization
  • Identify the true causes of stress in personal and professional life
  • Outline skills for successful internal self-regulation of anxiety-ability to maintain comfort and maximal performance regardless of the external contexts
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to prevent the symptoms of compassion fatigue through enhanced resiliency
  • Create a 5-point self-directed Professional Resiliency Plan that can be easily integrated into professional practice and personal life

Topics Include:


  • Intentionality
    • The Covenant
    • Didactic: Breaching Integrity & Sympathetic Dominance
  • Self-regulation
    • Instruction: Physiological Intervention for shifting from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic dominance
  • Self-validation
  • Connection
  • Self-Care
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