Session DetAILS

Barry University

Jill Levenson, Ph.D., LCSW


Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, is an internationally recognized expert in Trauma-informed Care.  She is a SAMHSA-trained Trauma-Informed Care instructor, and specializes in applying TIC in forensic, clinical, and correctional settings.

Dr. Levenson has published over 120 articles and 6 books, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In 2019 she was named by the Journal of Social Service Research as being among the top 100 Social Work scholars in North America, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment & Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA). 

Dr. Levenson has conducted trainings about clinical, correctional, policy, and forensic issues all over the world. She has presented in over 25 states, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Scotland, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, and Australia. She is an advocate for social justice, evidence-based practices and policies, and trauma-informed care for every human.

Vicarious Trauma & Self-Care for Helping Professionals

Saturday 10:45am – 12:15pm EST – 1.5 CEU Awarded

Professional helpers sometimes forget to help themselves! This 90-minute session will describe how service providers can build their own resilience in a stressful and demanding work environment – and within the stressors of their own lives. Participants will learn about vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral injury, and burnout. The principles of trauma-informed care (trust & safety, choice, collaboration, empowerment, peer support, cultural & gender relevance) will be applied to one’s own work and life experiences. Participants will learn strategies for managing secondary trauma and work-related stress. You will learn to devise your own plan for self-care, relaxation, personal resilience, and professional development. Come prepared with some current examples in mind to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions.

Learning Objectives (3 hours): 

      1. Participants will learn to understand their own work-related stressors and how they might intersect with one’s own life experiences.
      2. Participants will identify and describe specific work-related stressors and how they contribute to vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral injury, and burnout.
      3. Participants will be able to apply trauma-informed skills for building their own resilience and self-care plan.

Meets Florida Requirements

64B4-7.0081 Requirements to be a Qualified Practitioner for Completing Risk Assessments and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.

(4) A qualified practitioner under this rule shall possess 40 hours of graduate coursework and/or post degree continuing education in all of the following core areas with a minimum of three (3) hours per area:

(i) Understanding the role of early trauma, the intergenerational cycle of abuse, other environmental, social, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development of sexually abusive behaviors, and trauma-informed practices;

(k) Impact of sexually abusive behaviors on victims.

64B4-7.007 Requirement to Hold Oneself Out as Qualified to Practice Juvenile Sex Offender Therapy

 1. (f) Victim empathy and victimology;