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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Refill Your Cup by Using Self Compassion Skills! 
Melissa Spriggs, PhD, LCPC

The practice of self-compassion provides unique tools and skills that can help case managers celebrate our diverse strengths, manage the emotional labor of our work, and become more effective and resilient. Attendees will learn about compassion fatigue and the evidence based practice of self-compassion. They will complete a self-assessment, identify and practice self-compassion techniques, and develop a brief action plan to continue self-compassion skill development.

Participants will be able to:
1.  Identify definitions and conceptualizations of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.
2.  Define risk factors and mediating factors of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.
3.  List three components of Mindful Self Compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful balanced awareness.
4.  Practice Mindful Self Compassion skills.

Melissa Spriggs has worked in the human services field for over 20 years in the areas of disabilities services, substance abuse, juvenile corrections, mental health, and several middle and high school settings. Melissa has also been adjunct faculty at George Washington University, Trinity Washington University, McKendree University, and Lindenwood University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Truman State University, a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University, and a doctorate in counseling from George Washington University. Melissa is currently the director of the MA in Human Services program at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Melissa enjoys educating, mentoring, and advising her students as they progress and grow through the program and in their careers. Her current research interests are compassion fatigue, wounded healers, and identity and career development of human services workers.


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