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Professional Education

LARA Required Course

Ethics and Pain | Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Ethics and Pain

Caring for Self While Caring for Others: Stress, Vicarious Trauma and Moral Injury


Burnout and Vicarious Trauma are recognized as occupational hazards for those in helping professions. This everchanging world and impact of our work has created unique challenges in caring for oneself while caring for others. Approaching stress and prioritizing wellness must be intentional if one is to improve personal wellbeing, ensure professional competence and guard against impairment.

In this training, participants will gain an increased understanding of the biology of stress, vicarious trauma and moral injury. Individual skills in decreasing stress and advancing well-being will be reviewed. Further, opportunities to respond to challenges and promote wellbeing at the supervisory and organizational level will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Advance their knowledge of the neurobiology of stress, vicarious trauma and moral injury.
  2. Comprehend the important link between stress, vicarious trauma, moral injury and emotional pain.
  3. Articulate personal indictors of stress/compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma and point(s) of impairment.
  4. Learn responsive skills and activities to addressing stress and enhance wellbeing.
  5. Recognize key components of building habits around wellness.
  6. Identify supervisory and organizational opportunities to minimize negative impact and promote staff wellness.


  • Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW

    Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor with over 30 years of professional teaching and service in the area of trauma and vicarious trauma. She has been engaged in research specific to this topic with workers in Child Welfare, Substance Use Treatment and Health Care.

This group currently meets virtually only for the safety of our participants and staff.

Credits available:

APA (Psychology- approved)

NASW (Social work- approved)

CME (Physicians, nurses, other medical professionals- approved


8:00-9:45 Biology of stress
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:45 Vicarious Trauma, Moral Injury and Impact on Self
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-2:00 Identification of reactive and proactive activities/habits to address wellness.
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:30 Critical Components of an Organizational Response

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