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"Sacrificial Helping Syndrome: Why do we give more than we have?"

  • July 08, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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Membership Meeting

  with Katie Vernoy, LMFT 


"Sacrificial Helping Syndrome: Why do we give more than we have?"

Helpers are both made and born. Inherent qualities are shaped by life experiences and early relationships to create an individual who is called to help, who finds value and meaning in helping, and who often goes above and beyond for the people s/he helps. The reasons for becoming a helper interact with societal expectations and a professional culture that support sacrificing the helper's well-being for the clients and patients s/he serves. This "Sacrificial Helping Syndrome" (SHS) often leads to burnout, compassion fatigue, and untreated vicarious traumatization - for clients and for the clinicians who treat them. Unchecked, these can lead to much worse personal, professional, and societal outcomes. The causes and symptoms of SHS will be discussed, so clinicians can identify these within their client caseload as well as within themselves.  Further, the clinical, legal, and ethical implications of therapists falling prey to SHS will be explored, as well as specific tactics to combat SHS, which are appropriate for clinicians as well as the clients they treat. 

Learning Objectives
In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Define "Sacrificial Helping Syndrome," including the key causes and symptoms, and impacts on clients as well as on client care.
  2. Identify 3 common negative outcomes of SHS, including clinical, ethical, and legal impacts on clients and their treatment outcomes.
  3. Identify and utilize 4 strategies to combat SHS and its common outcomes, with coping strategies for clients and clinicians to implement best clinical practice.

Katie Vernoy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of Evolve to Thrive Coaching and Consulting Services. She has held many roles in the mental health field: clinician, program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, consultant and recruiter. Katie founded Evolve to Thrive Coaching and Consulting to support leaders, visionaries, and helping professionals create meaningful and SUSTAINABLE careers. Katie provides coaching and business strategy to support passionate people in pursuing their mission to help others while avoiding a common trap for these professionals: Sacrificial Helping Syndrome. Too many helpers sacrifice their own well-being for the people they choose to serve. With the right mindset, systems, and team members, Katie's clients can make a larger impact, without burning out. In addition, Katie, together with Curt Widhalm, LMFT, cohosts The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide podcast and has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is currently President-Elect for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.



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Sunday, July 8, 2018

8:30am-9am Registration/Networking/
Continental Breakfast*
9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/Chapter Announcements*
9:30am-10:30am CEU/Speaker Presentation
This course is intended for beginning to advance mental health professionals. Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.
* = non CEU portion of course
10:30am-11am Structured Networking/
Member Announcements/Opportunity Drawing*
11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting~All Welcome*

Woodland Hills Country Club
The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.

$15 SFV-CAMFT chapter member
$25 non chapter member
Register online by Sunday prior to event 11:59pm.
No phone or email RSVP.          Email for LA and SGV chapter reciprocity                      
$30 walk-in, regardless of membership
No cash or check, credit cards only.

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CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #62281
SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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