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Cultivating Employee Health and Wellness When Working with Systems Involving Infants, Children and Youth

  • Lincoln 51 Marina Boulevard Pittsburg, CA, 94565 United States (map)
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There is well documented evidence that working long term with system-involved youth can, if not addressed, contribute to the experience of vicarious trauma and organizational burnout amongst employees. This vicarious trauma, also referred to as compassion fatigue and secondary trauma can often cause high employee turn-over; a bi-product that is particularly detrimental to a population of infants, children and youth who have experienced signifiant disruption.

Combating burning and stress-induced health problems involves cultivating and maintaining healthy work/life balance. Research shows that when individuals actively and intentionally take time to focus on self-care and wellness, they increase their resilience both within and outside of the workplace. This training will teach specific wellness tools that individuals working with system involved youth can use to create more work/life balance and decrease the stress associated with chronic exposure to secondary trauma.

Course Objectives
1. Participants will be able to identify their top 5 values which contribute to their own personal health and well being and will conduct a baseline self-assessment of their current level of health and wellness
2. Participants will identify the current areas of their work lives that are most likely to lead to vicarious trauma and burnout and will create 1-3 action steps that will increase their wellness and resilience.
3. Participants will be able to articulate their vision of success and health in the workplace and will be able to identify “warning signs” for burnout and compassion fatigue.
4. Participants will identity accountability partners within their work places to whom they will report their progress and success in working towards their health and wellness goals.


Carey Shaffer, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She has worked with community mental health and foster youth as a therapist, clinical supervisor and Program Director for 17 years before turning her focus towards health and wellness coaching.

Dr. Shaffer has extensive experience working with childhood trauma, as well as with the impact of vicarious trauma in the workplace. Her coaching practice focuses on developing healthy, sustainable goals to support happiness and wellness in the workplace. Dr. Shaffer is trained in the NMT model of trauma and uses both motivational interviewing and evidenced based positive psychology principles in her group and individual coaching practice. She provides wellness in the workplace trainings for community mental health agencies throughout the Bay Area.


If you have questions or need additional information please contact Minjon LeNoir, Training Director, at

Continuing Education

This course meets the qualifications for two (2) CEUs for LPCCs, LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is provided by Lincoln under CAMFT's Continuing Education Provider Program (CEPA), #133478.

Training Registration Policy

Registration closes a week prior to the training and we cannot accept late registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Training Cancellation Policy

If we cancel training or special event as a result of low registration, for example, registrants will be notified by email or phone one week prior to the training date and receive a full refund. Where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, then registrants will be given shorter notice and will receive a full refund. If a registrant cannot attend training and contacts the Training Institute within 72 hours of the training or special event to cancel, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant contacts the Training Institute outside of the 72 hour period, a refund will not be issued.


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in our trainings or special events, please contact the Training Institute at 510-273-4700, x4132 at least 3 days in advance.


When a grievance arises pertaining to a Lincoln training, the complainant is expected to notify Minjon LeNoir, Director of Training, either by phone 510-273-4700, x4331, in writing, or in email, as soon as possible so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion in order to be resolved.