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Department of Social Work

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

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Friday, October 26th
8:00am - 4:45PM

The Social Work Self-Care Initiative Presents:

The 2018 Self-Care Conference

New location!
Boones Creek Christian Church
305 Christian Church Rd Johnson City, TN

Free for ETSU social work students & faculty, including social work field instructors, task supervisors, adjuncts, advisory board members, & presenters!

  • $10 ETSU non-social work students
  • $30 NASW members
  • $60 Non-NASW members

Click here to register!

8:00 to 8:30 - Registration

8:30 to 8:45 - Welcome, Dr. Paul Baggett

8:45 to 10:15 - Ethical Considerations for Creating an Organizational Culture of Self-Care
Dr. Jason Newell (1.5 ethics CEs)

This presentation will provide a brief overview of research and conceptual literature on professional burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue, including the risk factors associated with the experience of these conditions. Students and new practitioners are particularly vulnerable to these conditions as they enter their field placements and initial professional experiences due to their lack of professional practice experience.The presentation will provide suggestions for incorporating material on professional self-care into both individual and agency-level practice.

10:30 to 12:00 - Creating an Organizational Culture of Self-Care
Dr. Jason Newell (1.5 CEs)

This interactive workshop provides a holistic approach to cultivating professional resilience through the ongoing practice of self-care. Focusing on three major content areas, stress, empathy and resilience, a model for selfcare utilizing an ecological systems framework with activities across the biological, interpersonal, organizational, familial, peer-related, spiritual, and recreational aspects of the bio-psycho-social self is proposed. Emphasis will be placed on the role of compassion satisfaction and vicarious resilience as key components to fostering meaningful and rewarding careers for social workers.


10:30 to 12:00 - Sleep as a Foundation to Self-Care: From A(wake) to Zzzz
Dr. Julie Dodd (1.5 CEs)

This presentation will discuss the importance of sleep as a foundation of self-care to benefit one's physical, mental, and emotional functioning. Consequences of sleep deprivation, both short-term and long-term, will be discussed. A variety of habits and practices for improving sleep will be presented. A brief introduction of additional interventions to improve sleep, such as stimulus control and cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) will also be briefly outlined.

12:00 to 1:30 - Lunch

1:30 to 3:00 - Strategies for Getting It Out!
Susann Lachmann, M.Ed (1.5 CEs)

The need for expression is essential as it it basic in human development. This workshop explores a variety of modalities and materials or healthy creative expression, and it expands experience in the use of them. Participants can expect a hands on, interactive session filled with "ah-ha's."


1:30 to 3:00 -Adventures in Meditation-or your Mind is More Powerful than You Think!
Scott Vaughn (1.5 CEs)

This session will demonstrate the power of meditation through practical experience. Some theories behind meditation practice and its benefits will be discussed. Participants will leave the workshop with some simple techniques to practice any time and anywhere and will be given real life examples of what meditation is and what's not.

3:15 to 4:45 - What's so Funny? Humor, Laughter, and Wellbeing, Dr. Dottie Saxon Greene (1.5 CEs) 

Laughter is the best medicine! Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison (2011) identified humor as the #3 career sustaining practice for helping professionals. Studies consistently show that laughter and appropriate humor help mitigate the deleterious effects of stress and burnout (Mesmer-Magnus, Glew, & Viswesvaran, 2012) and trigger healthful physiological processes such as releasing endorphins and strengthening the immune system. This presentation also examines the social benefits of humor and laughter. Social workers and other helping professionals can reap multiple benefits from the cultivation of humor and laughter in professional practice.

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