CE Hours: 1.5
Date: January 15, 2022, 9:00-10:30 Pacific
Presenter: Teresa M. Theophano, LCSW

Presenter: Teresa M. Theophano, LCSW

Date/Time: January 15, 2022, 9:00-10:30 Pacific

1.5 CEs


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Per community organizer and researcher Nakita Valerio’s viral 2019 social media post, “Shouting ‘self-care’ at people who actually need community care is how we fail people” (Valerio, 2019).
What does the overused term “self-care” actually mean for mental health care providers? How can suggesting personal self-care as a remedy for experiences of vicarious trauma and the threat of burnout miss the mark, especially during the era of COVID, racial justice uprisings, and political anxiety? In this course we will explore the differences between self-care as it is often envisioned and community care as it relates to mutual aid concepts. We will also examine how clinicians from marginalized and oppressed communities can respond to persistent institutional overemphasis on self-care. Participants will be guided in the development of personalized “community care plans” to help sustain us as we continue to do our vital work in the world. This CE course includes lecture, large group discussion, and Q&A.

Valerio, N. (2019, March 24). Shouting “self-care” at people who actually need “community care” is how we fail people. [Status update]. Facebook.

By the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between self-care and community care as they pertain to mental health care providers
  • Formulate a strategy for fostering support from employers, institutions, and communities
  • Develop a personalized community care plan to aid in the sustainability of ongoing mental health care provision

Teresa Theophano, LCSW

About the Presenter

Teresa Theophano, LCSW (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker in NYC, working in geriatric mental health. She is also a freelance writer and co-editor of the anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Additional Information

Instruction Level
This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend
Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers.

Live, virtual two hour presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

Zoom Link
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Completion Requirements

Live Event

  • To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.
  • You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.
  • We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.
  • This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.
  • Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.

home Study

  • You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a homestudy course.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

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