Ethical Dimensions of Self-care in Social Work and Human Services

 June 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. –3:30 p.m.

Program Cost: $65 |UMaine Student Cost: $30| Earn: UMaine Certificate, .6 CEUs/6 contact hours

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Tree People

An experiential workshop to develop skills and understand our ethical responsibility to recognize and address vicarious trauma through compassionate self-care.

Morning Session

  • Be able to define compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma
  • Articulate the connection between adverse childhood experiences and well-being

Afternoon Session

  • Learn how self-care is related to ethical practice
  • Identify skills for compassionate self-care
  • Create a personal self-care plan 


Deirdre Finney Boylan, LCSW, has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in community mental health services for 25 years. Currently, Deirdre is a school-based clinician at a public high school for Kennebec Behavioral Health and a faculty member of the University of Maine School of Social Work.

Leah Maxwell, LCSW, has worked in the area of child and families’ services, developmental disability and mental health for many years. Currently, Leah is a residential clinician at Hope Rising, Saint Andre’s Home, in Biddeford, Maine and a faculty member of the University of Maine School of Social Work.

For more information contact: Diana McSorley, Administrative Coordinator of Professional Development,, 207.338.8093

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