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Vicarious Trauma: Wellness Strategies for Helping Professionals and their Organizations

November 8, 2012

This year’s Vicarious Trauma Conference expanded to two days on November 8 & 9, 2012.

Nationally recognized experts in the field of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout led workshops in the following topics:

  • Is Compassion Fatigue Truly “The Cost of Caring”? Doing This Work without Jeopardizing Our Health
  • The Art of Practicing Joy: The Importance of Play
  • VicariousTrauma and “Touch of Awakening”
  • Lessons from the Field: What Truly Helps Us Stay Afloat
  • Mindfulness: The Secret Ingredient to Self-Care
  • UZIT Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UCLA)
  • Movement, Mindfulness and Mood Management
  • Transformational Life Skills for Stress Management,Self-Care and Healing from Secondary Trauma

Conference Speakers:


Françoise is a certified mental health counselor (Canada Counseling and Psychotherapy Association) and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Toronto. She is the director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, Inc., whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Her experience stems from many years as a crisis counselor, working in hospital environments, community mental health, and university counseling service. Ms. Mathieu has authored The Compassion Fatigue Workbook (Routledge, 2012) and the Compassion Fatigue Train the Trainer Workbook (2008).


Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, poet, dancer, and minister. Currently the director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University, where she is also an associate professor, she conducts research on intimate partner abuse, child abuse, war, genocide, trafficking, and the societal trauma of racism, sexism, and poverty. Dr. Bryant-Davis has published in books, journals, and newsletters with a focus on the cultural context of trauma recovery. She is a widely sought-after presenter and trainer on interpersonal trauma theory, practice, research, and policy, and is currently president of the Society for the Psychology of Women.


Jaiya John is founder of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission based in Silver Spring, Maryland. A professional speaker, poet, author, youth mentor and advocate, he has addressed hundreds of thousands of youth and adults in the U.S. and around the world, with the intent of stirring the soul to remember itself. This work is his mission, ministry and life. Jaiya holds a doctorate in psychology and was professor of social psychology at Howard University from 1995 to 1998, and associate director for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children from 1999 to 2001. Globally, Jaiya is invested in healing and treating our human spirit for its fundamental ailment. Whether working on global and local social disparities, conflict and trauma between and within groups, or the fragile life arc from childhood through adulthood, he reaches for our personal and collective giftedness to release human beauty from its self-imposed cage of misunderstanding.


Jerry Tello is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of family strengthening, leadership development and cross-cultural issues. As a noted author, musician and performer over the years, Mr. Tello has incorporated innovative processes to include storytelling, theater, music, poetry, and humor, all with an interactive focus to engage his audience in a reality- based healing experience. He is an author of children’s books and professional curricula and has been featured in People, Newsweek and Time magazines. Mr. Tello has received numerous awards including the Ambassador of Peace award and the Presidential Crime Victim Services award.

Additional Conference Speakers:

Brigitte Kouba
Gigi Yogini

Donald VanHowten
Life Impressions Institute

Joyful Heart Foundation

B.K. Bose
Niroga Institute

Download the registration form for more information.

For More Information:
Please contact Megan Hayward at or 213.260.7633.

Presented by The S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy in collaboration with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and Joyful Heart Foundation


Thursday, November 8, 2012: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, November 9, 2012: 8:30am – 1:00pm


Sheraton Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

711 S. Hope Street | Los Angeles, CA 90017

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