Ethics Of Self Care In Psychotherapy

5 NBCC Credit Hours Available. No APT Credit available. | taught by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S

Course description

This 5 hour experiential, interactive training provides mental health professionals providing psychotherapy services training in the essential and ethical obligation to attend to self care along with thorough examination of the signs and effects of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Participants will be provided opportunity to examine case studies, apply principles and develop an actionable plan for self care.

Learning objectives:

  • Name the 5 Ethical Principles

  • Report what the codes of ethics  cite in terms of ethical considerations related to a therapist’s self care.

  • Name ethical principles that a therapist is at risk of violating if self care is neglected.

  • Expand upon why self care is considered an ethical issue.

  • List 5 reasons it is essential for therapists to attend to regular self care.

  • Define and distinguish burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma

  • List the signs of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma

  • Cite the reasons the research supports mindfulness training and practice as an important part of self care.

  • Name 20 examples of regular self care actions

  • Describe how to address the issue of self care with colleagues and supervisees.

  • Design a personalized, actionable self care plan.


** This course is for NBCC credit only.  No APT credits are available. **


Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S
Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S
Guest Speaker

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.

Lynn has partnered with Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services for the delivery and management of this course.