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#20200225- WEBINAR: Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: The Importance of Understanding Secondary Trauma and Practicing Self-Care




(February 2020) Flight attendants always remind us to “put our own oxygen mask on first” when traveling with a child or other person needing help. Yet, as caregivers, this is contrary to our nature. Our first instinct is to help others first and put ourselves last. Soon, we are the ones with no oxygen and when we can’t breathe, we are no good to anyone. This webinar will define and describe secondary traumatic stress (vicarious trauma) and compassion fatigue as well as providing practical strategies for caregivers to care for ourselves so that we can continue to care for our children and others.

Sue Badeau, is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant. She is former president of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and current board member of Justice for Families and has worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children, All Families, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Casey Family Programs and the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. She trains adoptive, foster, and kinship caregivers and child welfare professionals across the country on trauma, parenting, permanency for older youth, family engagement, self-care and many other topics. Sue and her husband, Hector, are lifetime parents of 22 children, two by birth and 20 adopted and have also served as foster parents and kin caregivers to more than 75 children.  They have authored books on permanency and trauma including, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip, Adopting and Raising 22 Kids, Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, and the child’s companion version, “Bubbles and Butterflies” both illustrated by their daughter Chelsea Badeau.

Watch time: 90 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 90 minutes

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