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HVPA Presents - "Preventing Secondary Traumatic Stress with Mindful Self-Care"

Presented by James Halpern, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. - HVPA update meeting. Join us!
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - CE Course

Location: This will be a Zoom presentation. (You will receive the Zoom login information following your registration.

Program Summary

Research demonstrates that exposure to and treating trauma survivors leads to vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue. Participants will learn the differences between these occupational hazards and do preliminary self-risk assessments for each of them. They will learn how to identify the warning signs of these dangers as well as the situational, personal and belief-based barriers to self-care. Despite the risks involved in working with trauma survivors, the meaning and fulfillment found in assisting others can provide compassion satisfaction. Mindful self-care strategies will be reviewed so that participants can cultivate wellness, compassion satisfaction and vicarious post-traumatic growth.

Presenter: James Halpern, Ph.D.

James Halpern, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Counseling and Founding Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz. He has been a practicing licensed psychologist in NYS since 1980. He is co-author of: Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos (2019), Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices (2017) and Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice (2007), and he has given numerous scholarly and training presentations on trauma and disaster mental health throughout the US and abroad. He has received many highly competitive federal and NYS grants to develop curriculum and to provide training and education in Disaster Mental Health. He has consulted for the United Nations on Assisting Victims of Terror and has developed training modules for the United Nations Emergency Preparedness and Support Teams and UN mission leaders on how to operate most effectively in complex emergencies. He is frequently called on to offer his expertise to media including, CNN, CGTN, CCTV, CRI, National Public Radio and the Weather Channel. He has provided direct service to disaster survivors and served in a leadership role at both large-scale national and local disasters (e.g., 9/11, Flight 587, Florida Hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, Newtown school shooting, Harlem building explosion, fires, floods, COVID19).

Target Audience: All mental health professionals. NOTE: Only Doctoral Level NY State licensed Psychologists can receive CE credits.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three significant occupational hazards inherent in working with trauma survivors
  2. Identify at least three risk factors contributing to secondary traumatic stress
  3. Identify the warning signs of potentially harmful stress reactions
  4. Describe the six “Dimensions of Wellness.”
  5. Identify multiple mindful self-care strategies
  6. List at least three proven practices and exercises to improve a sense of gratitude.
  7. Identify three situational and personal or belief-based barriers to self-care.


FREE for HVPA Members
$60.00 for Non-HVPA Members

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Statement of Sponsorship: Hudson Valley Psychological Association (HVPA) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0200.

CE Credits: 2 CE credits for NYS Psychologists (only) are provided upon course's completion. HVPA is authorized to provide CE credits ONLY to NYS Psychologists.

To receive continuing education (CE) credit, you need to attend the program in its entirety. CE certificates will be provided for all NYS psychologists who attend this program in full and who complete/return an online post-test and online program evaluation. Please indicate your license type and license number on your registration form.

FOR ONLINE COURSES: We verify your online attendance at the beginning & end of the program and by your completion of the evaluation form and post-test.

HVPA is authorized to provide CE credits ONLY to NYS Psychologists. If you have questions, contact

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