Tue, Apr 18|
Trauma in the Animal Care Field (Part 1)
Working with animals can mean being exposed to physical and emotional injury and trauma. Learn about compassion fatigue versus trauma, and how trauma can effect our brains. This webinar is for anyone working with animals: trainers, shelter workers, veterinary staff, groomers, etc
Time & Location
Apr 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
About the event
Animal care workers are repeatedly exposed to physical and emotional injury through
the ordinary course of their work. While this is difficult enough on its own, these trying
experiences are made worse by the minimization of the gravity of the situations. What is
often labeled compassion fatigue could more accurately be described as trauma.
This presentation will provide education about trauma and will distinguish trauma from
compassion fatigue. Participants will gain an understanding of how traumatic
experiences impact people both during and after the event. Specific attention will be
given to managing self-blame as well as areas of life that tend to be adversely affected
by traumatic experiences.
This webinar will be recorded, for those who are unable to make the live presentation.
Speaker: Jessica Fink, LCSW-S
Jessica is a native Texan who earned her bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She
married her college sweetheart in 2008 and the couple adopted their dog in 2009. The
couple enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants.
Jessica started her career at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital as an inpatient
social worker. Following that, she ran IOP groups at Seton for 10 years, including
specialized programs like Restore IOP for PTSD and Radically Open DBT IOP (RO
DBT.) She was promoted to a Lead Specialist position within the IOP department in
Jessica’s primary experience is with mood and anxiety disorders in adults. She also has
experience with substance abuse, veterans, and senior adults. Her areas of specialty
include PTSD, maladaptive overcontrol, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Jessica opened a private practice in 2021 and left Seton to do private practice full time
at the end of that year. Currently, she offers group and individual psychotherapy for
adults. Services include group and individual RO DBT for maladaptive overcontrol,
individual Cognitive Processing Therapy and EMDR for PTSD, group and individual
CBT for Insomnia, individual Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and, at times, a CBT for
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