Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, & Burnout for Mental Health Professionals

May 3, 2024 | 9am to 12:15pm Central Time | 3.0 CE/CEU credits

Live webinar via Zoom

**Registration for this course closes at 5pm CT on Tuesday, April 30, 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.

CE/CEU credits included: 3.0 (see below for 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 $89.

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


In the demanding field of mental health, professionals often find themselves navigating the delicate balance between providing empathic care to others and maintaining their own well-being. This course is designed to equip mental health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to safeguard their own well-being while providing optimal care to their clients. Definitions, differences, and similarities between compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout will be explored. There will be a focus on the development of strategies to build resilience to help mitigate the psychological, emotional, and physical toll this challenging work can have on mental health professionals. Factors at the personal, professional, and organizational levels will also be examined and discussed. Participants will leave this intermediate level course with knowledge and skills necessary to create a fulfilling and sustainable career in the challenging an rewarding field of mental health.


  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.

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Continuing Education Approvals (CE/CEU)

This course is available for 3.0 CE/CEU credits. 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.

Psychologists: Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ND Licensed Social Workers: Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC, is approved by the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners (NDBSWE) to sponsor continuing education for social workers in North Dakota (approval through 4/5/24, provider #P-217; we will submit a renewal application for approval beyond this date).

ND Licensed Counselors: This course is approved by the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners (NDBCE) for 3.0 continuing education hours.

ND Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: This course has been approved by the North Dakota Marriage & Family Therapy Licensure Board (NDMFTLB) for 3.0 hours of credit.

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