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World renowned trauma expert to give workshop at UIS

November 9, 2004

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Charles R. Figley, known around the world as an expert on stress and its treatment, will conduct a day-long workshop on Friday, November 19, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Called “Transforming the Hurt of Helping,” the workshop will focus on assessment, treatment, and prevention of “compassion fatigue” among practitioners.  Designed for professionals in many disciplines, including therapeutic counseling, mental health, addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, and the clergy, the workshop is also open to anyone interested in learning to deal with stressful situations.

A psychologist and family therapist who has been studying human reactions to trauma for 30 years, Dr. Figley is one of the founders of the field of traumatology, the study and treatment of human reactions to highly stressful situations.  He has written more than 186 scholarly works on the subject, including 16 books, and has won dozens of prestigious awards.

Dr. Figley is a professor in the School of Social Work at Florida State University and director of the Psychosocial Stress Research Program.  He founded and directs the FSU Traumatology Institute, which initiated the Green Cross Projects following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and played an important role in humanitarian efforts in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The American Psychological Association named him “Family Psychologist of the Year” in 1997, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies honored him with its coveted Pioneer Award that recognizes traumatologists whose lifetime achievements greatly advanced the field.

Workshop objectives include developing awareness of the increase in collective stress in the United States since 9/11; recognizing the symptoms of compassion fatigue; identifying treatment and self-care goals; and describing the elements of a compassion stress management plan for individuals and institutions.

Six hours of continuing education credit will be provided for the following licensed professionals: social workers (LSW/LCSW), professional counselors (LPC/LCPC), marriage and family therapists (MFT), and substance abuse counselors (CADC).

Cost of the workshop is $85 for those who register on or before November 12 and $95 after that date.  The cost for full-time students, retirees, and Memorial Health System employees is $75 on or before November 12 and $85 after that date. For registration information, call Memorial Medical Center’s Healthline at 217/788-3333; toll-free at 1-877-217-7883.

The workshop is co-sponsored by UIS’ Human Development Counseling Program and Division of Student Affairs/Office of Student Life, the Human Services Education Council, and the Memorial Behavioral Health Group. The program is presented in cooperation with the National Association of Social Workers-IL, Springfield District.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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