Compassion Fatigue, Burnout & the Ethics of Self Care for Psychotherapists

a Continuing Education Opportunity in a Retreat Setting

Psychotherapists are at high risk of burnout and compassion fatigue if regular self care is not observed. This 2 day training takes place in a beautiful mountain retreat setting providing continuing education for psychotherapists addressing counselor identity and professional practice specifically on  how to implement appropriate and effective self care so that we are equipped and prepared to ethically provide psychotherapy services to clients in need. We will also cover how to identify signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout and how to address and mitigate those symptoms effectively.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Receive thorough review and participate in group discussion of appropriate ethics codes with regard to the essential nature of self care. Apply ethics code tenets that relate to therapist self care to case studies.
  2. Learn the signs and symptoms of burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and distinguish one from the others. Learn how to create a plan for self care that includes attention to daily, weekly, monthly and annual self care implementations.
  3. Learn about neurobiology of the psychotherapist when working with clients who have experienced trauma. Receive training and practice in empirical studied practices of mindfulness meditation, relaxation techniques and other self-regulatory and self-awareness methods.
  4. Learn about the science of aromatherapy in relations to the connection between the olfactory receptors and the limbic brain for emotion regulation and soothing for the nervous system. Learn about the importance of healthy nutrition and regular nourishment of the physical body as self care. Receive at least 20 specific self-care interventions for the psychotherapist to implement. 

8 Class Sessions Begin on Friday but Arrival is Thursday afternoon November 8:

Friday November 9

7:00 – 9:00 am – Introduction to Importance of Self Care, Recognizing Compassion Fatigue, Burnout & Vicarious Trauma

10:00 – 12:00 – Ethics of Self Care including Case Review

5:30 – 6:30 – Mindfulness & Meditation Practices

7:00 – 9:00 – Neurobiology, Relaxation Methods

Saturday November 10

7:00 – 9:00 am – Neurobiology of the Psychotherapist with Trauma Clients, Meditation Practice and the Brain

10:00 – 12:00 – Science of Aromatherapy – Olfactory Reception & the Limbic Brain

5:30 – 6:30 – Mindfulness & Meditation Practice

7:00 – 9:00 More Self Care Strategies Methods & Techniques, Creating a Self Care Plan


Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10, 2018


Elohee Center 81 Hobart Lane
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

Lodging and Meals?

Luxurious mountain lodging and delicious meals (dietary needs are accommodated) for Thursday through Sunday November 8-11, 2018. Fees for lodging and meals are in addition to the tuition for the continuing education. For more information please contact

CE Hours:

14 hours of continuing education pending for counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists


$300 — Additional fees for three nights lodging and meals do apply. Please contact for more information.


This training will be presented by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS who has been teaching self care, meditation, yoga and aromatherapy for 25 years and has been providing continuing education training for psychotherapists since 2010. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor and a registered play therapist-supervisor.

To Register or receive further information please email

*Refund & Cancellation Policy* – Registration will be processed through the Elohee Center which will include lodging, meals plus tuition. Once registered, if cancellation is requested prior to 2 weeks before the event refund will be provided minus a $100 cancellation fee. If cancellation received within two weeks of the training no refund will be available.

Complaints & Disputes Policy: If any participant has a complaint about the provider or program you may submit such complaint to Wonders Counseling Service, LLC 2375 Rocky Mountain Rd. Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30066 and your concerns will be addressed with every effort to your satisfaction within 30 days of receipt.