Therapists who work with populations experiencing high levels of trauma need intentional supervision that will help them address the complex issues of their clients as well as how they may be reacting psychologically and emotionally in the situations. Supervisors have a responsibility to assess these reactions in the supervisee, and, if necessary, to offer strategies and referrals that will maintain wellness and effectiveness.
This workshop will review the critical factors of a trauma-informed system of care and how supervisors can infuse this into their clinical supervision. It will explore alternative theoretical approaches to trauma-informed supervision including changes in language, being strength-based, and using a reflective supervision model. Additionally, participants will consider trauma within the intersectionality of gender, race, and class, and how it needs to align with the mission of social justice. Finally, participants will review the psychoeducational aspects of vicarious trauma and compassion-fatigue and look at evidence-based strategies to promote self-care and wellness with supervisees.
As a result of participating in this workshop, professionals will:
- 1. Assess the counselor’s own Adverse Childhood Experiences to consider the impact these traumatic experiences have on brain development and behavior
- 2. Consider the impact of trauma on the brain development and behavior
- 3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the effects and complexity of trauma, its potential behavioral manifestations, and best practices to address the needs of clients and supervisees
- 4. Review the critical factors of language, strength-based, and reflective supervision components in a trauma-informed supervision approach
- 5. Understand and recognize trauma as an interpersonal and sociopolitical agent in supervision, and how the creation of a trauma-informed system of care aligns with the mission of social justice in clinical supervision
- 6. Consider the impact of working with highly traumatized clients on supervisees and the role of the supervisor to monitor the effects
- 7. Review strategies used in supervision to reduce psychological distress including emotional exhaustion, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.
- 8. Use a series of assessments to consider levels of personal burnout, compassion fatigue, self-soothing, work burnout, and secondary traumatic stress and consider interventions supervisors can use to promote awareness and wellness
Toni R. Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. As an educator for over 48 years, Dr. Tollerud has had extensive experiences in supervision training including student teachers, school counselors, agency counselors, and counselors-in-training.
These experiences have been beneficial in helping to develop the supervision course at NIU as well as doing numerous presentations around the state and at conferences on issues related to supervision. Over the past 30 years she has consistently taught core courses, especially in supervision, ethics, and counseling skills. Participants in her classes and workshops come away enthused and informed regarding the ways they can improve their own supervisory skills and relationships.
Dr. Tollerud is a Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association, North Central Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors. She has received numerous awards for her professional work including the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association Outstanding Service Award in 2006, the IMHCA Impact Award in 2019, Illinois Counselor Educators' Educator Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, and the ICA Distinguished Leadership Award in 2010. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on counseling issues. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She also holds certificates for elementary and secondary teaching and school counseling for the State of Illinois.
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