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Trauma Informed Supervision: Strategies to Avoid Burnout – Earn 3 CE Credits

March 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Toni R. Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita from the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. As an educator for over 45 years, Dr. Tollerud has had extensive experiences in professional ethics and supervision training including student teachers, school counselors, agency counselors, and counselors-in-training.

These experiences have been beneficial in helping to develop the supervision course at NIU as well as doing numerous presentations around the state and at conferences on issues related to supervision. Over the past 26 years she has consistently taught core courses, especially in supervision, practicum, internship and counseling skills. She has also done private practice and consulted with agencies across the state. Participants in her classes and workshops come away enthused and informed regarding ways they can improve their own supervisory skills and relationships.


1. Assess the counselor’s own Adverse Childhood Experiences to consider the impact these traumatic experiences have on brain development and behavior

2. Consider the impact of trauma on the brain development and behavior

3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the effects and complexity of trauma, its potential behavioral manifestations, and best practices to address the needs of clients and supervisees

4. Review the critical factors of language, strength-based, and reflective supervision components in a trauma-informed supervision approach

5. Understand and recognize trauma as an interpersonal and sociopolitical agent in supervision, and how the creation of a trauma-informed system of care aligns with the mission of social justice in clinical supervision

6. Consider the impact of working with highly traumatized clients on supervisees and the role of the supervisor to monitor the effects

7. Review strategies used in supervision to reduce psychological distress including emotional exhaustion, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.

8. Use a series of assessments to consider levels of personal burnout, compassion fatigue, self-soothing, work burnout, and secondary traumatic stress and consider interventions supervisors can use to promote awareness and wellness

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