Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, & Burnout for First Responders and Medical Professionals

May 10, 2024 | 9am to 10:30am Central Time | 1.5 contact hours

Live webinar via Zoom

**Registration for this course closes at 5pm CT on Tuesday, May 7, 2024**

This course is funded by the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services, Behavioral Health Division through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Use and Mental Health Block Grants.

Contact hours: 1.5 (see below for continuing education approval details)

Format: Live virtual, interactive workshop via Zoom. The on-demand course registration is found here.

Investment: FREE for North Dakota residents (due to grant funding identified above). Non-ND residents may join the course for $45.

Presenter: Katie Francis, MSW, LCSW/LICSW (see bio below)


This course is designed to address the unique challenges faced by first responders and medical professionals who dedicate their lives to serving others in high-stakes and demanding environments. This course goes beyond conventional self-care by providing practical strategies to recognize, mitigate, and recover from compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Factors at the personal, professional, and organizational levels will be examined. The psychological and physiological impact of prolonged exposure to trauma and high stress will also be explored and discussed. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools necessary to enhance resilience, maintain well-being, and thrive in demanding roles.


  1. Describe the differences and similarities between compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout.
  2. Explain the psychological and physiological impact of trauma and stress.
  3. Identify strategies that can be used to build resilience and treat the effects of work-related trauma and stress.


HPC and ATAGF do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or age.

Conflict of Interest Statements:

Ms. Francis receives compensation from HPC/the grantor for instructing this course. She is also employed at ATAGF (the co-sponsor for this course).

There is no known commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interests. There is also no commercial support or benefits for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs).

The presenters will inform participants of the utility and validity of content discussed (including the basis for statements about utility/validity), as well as limitations of the approach and the most common and severe risks, if any, associated with program content.

Requests for Accommodations:

HPC and ATAGF are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in all aspects of its continuing education activities. Participants with special needs should contact program organizers so reasonable accommodations can be made.

To request accommodations, contact Director of Continuing Education, Erin Haugen, PhD, LP, CMPC at [email protected].

Presenter: Katie Francis, MSW, LCSW/LICSW

Katie Francis, MSW, LCSW/LICSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2005 and her Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Minnesota in 2009. Ms. Francis has over 18 years of experience in the mental health field. She spent her first 15 years in the field in Community Mental Health in a variety of areas including outpatient therapy, school-based services, day treatment, in-home therapy, homeless services, and crisis services. She has spent the last 3 years working at Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks providing psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of interest include treating individuals experiencing issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, compassion fatigue, and adjusting to life changes. She has a passion for working with first responders and other helping professionals.

Course Curriculum

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Continuing Education Approvals

This course is available for 1.5 contact hours. You must attend at least 90% of the webinar to receive continuing education credit. Attendance is monitored and verified. Credit will not be given for partial viewing/attendance.

This course is co-sponsored by Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC.

Athletic Trainers: This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) through the joint sponsorship of Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC, and Haugen Performance Consulting, PLLC. Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks is approved by the BOC to provide continuing education for Athletic Trainers.

ND POST Board: This course has been submitted for training program certification for the ND POST Board for 1.5 contact hours.

North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON): This course has been submitted to the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON) for 1.5 contact hours.

ND Licensed Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants: This course counts for 1.5 hours of continued competency per communication with the North Dakota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice (NDBOTP).

Additional disciplines: We are working on continuing education approvals for several disciplines and will post them as approval is received.

Participants have lifetime access to the information in course portal.

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