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Healing the Healer

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Healing the Healer is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that seeks to cultivate the emotional well-being of healthcare professionals who have been on the front lines supporting others.

As professionals in the business of supporting others, our vulnerability to burnout is inevitable. Add to that the fear, grief, fatigue, and trauma that resulted from the covid pandemic, and the risk of burnout suddenly increases dramatically. Self-care is no longer a hypothetical cliche that we can work into our lives as time allows. We must make intentional time to heal ourselves so that we can be effective mentally and emotionally for others.

This course will present the idea of a ‘Wounded Healer,’ consider the causes of wounds, and differentiate pandemic wounds from other types of occupation-related stress or burnout. It will then introduce a scientific framework for understanding how human flourishing can be nurtured, consisting of four pillars of well-being (awareness, connection, insight, and purpose).

Next, we will learn evidence-based, creative self-care strategies proven effective in healing the healer, aligning with the four pillars of well-being. These strategies will illustrate how each technique may be applied to your own life or to those you work with and support. Links to guided exercises are included whenever possible to provide further enrichment opportunities to explore these self-care techniques. Finally, an ending prompts you to create your own realistic, personalized self-care plan (worksheet included).

Course #11-49 | 2023 | 24 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Define the concept of wounded healer and how this relates to the pandemic experience
2. Identify and describe the four pillars of well-being
3. List Dr. Siegel’s seven daily essential mental activities for training our minds to stay within a window of tolerance
4. Explain five creative self-care strategies effective in healing the healer

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2022 - 6/12/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0664 - Note: New York social workers will receive 1 continuing education credit(s) for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio social workers completing this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education credit(s); the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678);  and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT, is a counselor, grief support specialist, National Board-Certified School Counselor, and writer. Catherine serves as a hospice social worker and is the co-author of Grief Reimagined: 50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience.

Financial: Catherine Tyink receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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