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Digital Seminar

Caring for Self While Caring for Others: Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout in Work with Military and Veteran Clients

Irina Wen, PhD
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Nov 15, 2022
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Working with military and veteran clients is meaningful and deeply rewarding. But witnessing suffering  can result in vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. This recorded session will give you the tools you need to incorporate self-care in your practice and in your life. You’ll learn to recognize essential signs of therapist stress and explore personal and organizational factors and strategies that help prevent it. Get the support you need to implement an effective self-care plan. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Irina Wen, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health and a clinical supervisor at the Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Health, which she helped establish in 2012 and directed between 2014-2019. She is a certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and is passionate about helping people build stronger, more secure connection with themselves and others. Dr. Wen offers trainings in the community on topics related to vicarious trauma and self-care, in addition to trauma assessment and treatment and working with couples. She provides individual and couples therapy, training, and consultation in her private practice, Touchstone Psychology, PLLC.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Irina Wen is the founder and owner of Touchstone Psychology, PLLC. She has employment relationships with NYU Langone Health and Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Irina Wen is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.


  1. Assess symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. 
  2. Utilize two strategies for managing work-related distress from working with military veterans to improve treatment outcomes. 
  3. Develop a plan for addressing an organizational factor impacting burnout. 


  • Burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary/vicarious trauma 
  • Specific occupational stressors related to work with military veterans 
  • Assessment strategies 
  • Person-centered strategies for managing distress 
  • Organizational factors – what they are, what you can do about them 
  • Develop a practical self-care plan 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counsellors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counsellors 
  • Nurses 
  • Other mental health professionals

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