Webinar: Professionals Working With The Grieving and Traumatized

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Recognizing and Caring for Your Own Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma

Expert Speaker: James S. Gordon, M.D., Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Dean of Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybook University, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recent Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Program Moderator: Jill Harrington LaMorie, MSW, LSW, ACSW, Director, Professional Education, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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Dr. Gordon has devoted over 35 years to the exploration and practice of mind-body medicine. After gradating Harvard Medical School, he was for 10 years a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health. There he developed the first national program for runaway and homeless youth, edited the first comprehensive studies of alternative and holistic medicine, directed the Special Study on Alternative Services for President Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, and created a nationwide preceptorship program for medical students. Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and Gaza as well as in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana. Dr. Gordon’s most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin Press).

Dr. Gordon’s work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News and National Public Radio, as well as in The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, People, American Medical News, Clinical Psychiatry News, Town and Country, Hippocrates, Psychology Today, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health, Health, and Prevention.


This activity is intended for all professional caregivers providing services to grieving families and includes, but is not limited to chaplains, casualty assistance officers, social workers, nurses, counselors, marriage and family therapists, case managers, employee assistance professionals, school counselors, program directors, and other health and mental health professionals. 


  1. Define compassion fatigue (related concepts) and assess the risk for developing compassion fatigue.
  2. Describe the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue.
  3. Distinguish compassion fatigue from secondary trauma.
  4. Identify indicators and symptoms of secondary trauma.
  5. Discuss effective strategies for reducing compassion fatigue, treating secondary trauma and reducing stress to build resiliency.


Certificates of Attendance can be provided for those who attend the entire webinar.  The Association of Professional Chaplains will accept certificates of attendance for use in reporting continuing education hours. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Provider # 886505639, for 1.0 continuing education contact hours.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP15218 , for 1.0 continuing education contact hours.  Please check with your state licensing board for professional requirements for continuing education.

For more information, contact education@taps.org

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