Compassion Fatigue and Ethical Dilemmas

The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no self-disclosure, no dual relationships, no out-of-session contact, and, of course, no sex. But today the rules against boundary violations aren’t so straightforward anymore, nor do the old prohibitions always seem clinically useful. Compassion fatigue also can impede our judgment, making us more susceptible to improper conduct. In this workshop, we’ll explore both the ethical dilemmas we face and the compassion fatigue that makes us vulnerable to boundary confusion. We’ll discuss the importance of self-reflection, peer supervision, sharing concerns with colleagues, and establishing and maintaining clear boundary guidelines. We’ll focus particularly on self-care, with participants developing a professional wellness plan that keeps them grounded and mindful in their professional lives. Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.

September 12, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
3100 South Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: 708.863.3803



LCPC, LCSW, LCP, LSW, QIDP: 3 CEUs are available

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  

Payment must be received by September 5, 2017.

For more information contact Staff Development at 708.222.3210

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Continuing Education Workshop

CEU Credits

@ $75.00 ea.

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW


Mary Jo Barrett is the Executive Director and founder of The Center for Contextual Change, Ltd. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois Jane Addams School of Social Work and is currently adjunct on the faculties of University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, The Chicago Center For Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. Previously, Ms. Barrett was the Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974.

Ms. Barrett has coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She co-created the Collaborative Change Model, a highly successful contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events. Mary Jo’s newest book, Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, co-authored by Linda Stone Fish, was released in 2014.

Her trainings and published works focus on the teaching of the Collaborative Change Model, systemic and feminist treatment of women, adult survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, eating disorders, couple therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Compassion Fatigue.

Ms. Barrett provides consultations, workshops, courses and other training opportunities nationally and internationally to parents, social service professionals, lawyers, mental health staffs, psychotherapists, residential treatment facilities and governmental agencies. Ms. Barrett founded the Family Dialogue Project, which strives to redefine relationships with families impacted by allegations of abuse and trauma.