Ethical Dimensions of Self-care in Social Work and Human Services at the Hutchinson Center

Belfast, Maine–Ethical dimensions of self-care in social work and human services will be the focus of a workshop May 17 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, offered by the UMaine School of Social Work.

The experiential workshop, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., is designed to develop skills and understanding of the ethical responsibility to recognize and address vicarious trauma through compassionate self-care.

Workshop topics will include: defining compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma and burn-out; identifying signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma; articulating the connection between adverse childhood experiences and well-being; how self-care is related to ethical practice; identifying skills for compassionate self-care, and creating a personal self-care plan.

Workshop presenters will be licensed clinical social workers and School of Social Work faculty members Deirdre Finney Boylan and Leah Maxwell. Boylan has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in community mental health services for 25 years. Currently, she is a school-based clinician at a public high school for Kennebec Behavioral Health.

Maxwell has worked in the area of child and families’ services, developmental disability and mental health for many years. Currently, she is a residential clinician at Hope Rising, Saint Andre’s Home, in Biddeford.

Students can earn .6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), 6 contact hours.

The professional development registration fee is $65; $30 for UMaine students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is available online: (

For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Diana McSorley, 338.8093,

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