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Trauma Informed Supervision: Strategies to Avoid Burnout- 6 CEs

  • February 15, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  • Must be a CURRENT IMHCA member!
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Trauma Informed Supervision:
Strategies to Avoid Burnout (6 CEs)
  February 15, 2023


Dr. Toni Tollerud




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.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this workshop, professionals will:

  • Assess the counselor’s own Adverse Childhood Experiences to consider the impact these traumatic experiences have on brain development and behavior
  • Consider the impact of trauma on the brain development and behavior
  • 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
  • Review the critical factors of language, strength-based, and reflective supervision components in a trauma-informed supervision approach
  • 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
  • Consider the impact of working with highly traumatized clients on supervisees and the role of the supervisor to monitor the effects
  • Review strategies used in supervision to reduce psychological distress including emotional exhaustion, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.
  • 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
 Presenter Bio:
Toni R. Tollerud, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita from the Department of Counseling Ault and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University.  As an educator for over 40 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. Participants in her classes and workshops come away enthused and informed regarding ways they can improve their own supervisory skills and relationships. Dr. Tollerud is 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, IMHCA Impact Award in 2019, and Illinois Counselor Educators Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. 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 a Retired Professional Educators License in Illinois for elementary and secondary teaching and school counseling. She loves to travel with her spouse and spend time with her 6-year- old granddaughter.
Cancellation Policy:

Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20.00 administrative fee. You can switch to another Supervision workshop for no additional fee or penalty. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, government regulation, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.

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