“Whatever Happened to the Smoke Break?” Strategies for Secondary Trauma

Guest Speakers: Kristin Dempsey and Ali Hall

“Whatever Happened to the Smoke Break?” explores secondary trauma and strategies for reducing its organizational and individual impacts. In the current era, it seems few of us get any breaks at all. This webinar offers specific, concrete ideas for healing and protecting from secondary trauma and invites those working within organizations to generate ideas that they can implement in their settings. Kristin Dempsey and Ali Hall will show that the same qualities that make us effective with others in our work—such as empathy, compassion, and caring—may over time leave us more vulnerable to secondary trauma. Fortunately, these same qualities can provide us with significant protective factors as well. While secondary trauma is always present for helping professionals, pandemic circumstances have amplified and accelerated these experiences and impacts. Join us for this interactive event!

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Kristin Dempsey
Psychotherapist, Counselor Educator and Motivational Interviewing Trainer

Kristin Dempsey is a psychotherapist, counselor educator and motivational interviewing trainer based in the Bay Area. Kristin’s work focuses on providing recovery and person-driven mental health care and building individual and organizational wellness. In addition to her clinical and teaching work, Kristin provides organizational consultation for health care organizations seeking to improve implementation of best practices to support trauma informed and recovery-oriented care. She is an Associate Professor at the Wright Institute’s Counseling Psychology Program in Berkeley, California, and lecturing faculty at San Francisco State University.

Ali Hall
Independent Consultant and Trainer and Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Ali Hall is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a MINT Certified Trainer, and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali currently serves on the MINT Board of Directors, focusing on professional skill development for MI practitioners and trainers. Ali served as a Lead Trainer for the MINT Training for New Trainers (TNT) in Warsaw (2019), New Orleans (2018) and Berlin (2015), as co-trainer in Atlanta (2014) and training team support in Fort Wayne (2012)). Ali is the co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA), a coding and coaching tool for MI skill improvement, and the co-author of the book Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians: A Toolkit for Skill Development (2021).

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