Play therapy supervisors must be aware and able to spot compassion fatigue and burnout in our supervisees and ourselves. Therapists providing play therapy services to children may be more prone to suffer from compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout likely due to the issues child clients present with and the energy required to provide high quality play therapy services. Compassion fatigue can challenge even the most seasoned play therapists and take a toll on the therapist’s emotional well-being. Through this training, participants will learn practical strategies to be prepared and to combat compassion fatigue that may emerge from the work required of professionals who offer play therapy on a regular basis
1. Define and differentiate Sympathy, Empathy & Compassion and how they related to play therapy supervision.
2. Define Burn out, Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue and be able to differentiate among the ways these are exhibited in play therapy clinicians.
3. Analyze and identify at least 4 factors which lead or may lead to compassion fatigue in your play therapy work
4. Identify coping strategies that you can use with play therapy supervisees to increase resiliency
5. Develop ways to find support for yourself and give support to your play therapy supervisees and colleagues
Lynn Louise Wonders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, early childhood specialist and parenting coach.
She is the founder and director of Wonders Counseling Services, LLC, an APT-Approved Provider for play therapy continuing education offering clinical services, play therapy supervision and training as well as professional mentoring for therapists developing a career in play therapy.
Lynn is certified by Jack Canfield as a coach and trainer, offering seminars, small and large workshops and mastermind programs for therapists and other helping professionals online and in person world-wide.
Lynn leads a large community of play therapists from around the world on Facebook and has assisted well over 1,000 therapists in working toward RPT status and building thriving play therapy private practices.