Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Training for Advocates of Prisoners in the SHU

October 3, 2015

Support from Outside the Walls #10

This training will be an opportunity to explore compassion fatigue. What is it? How does it affect us? How does it impact the work we are trying to do? As we learn about some of the psychology of compassion fatigue, participants will also have the opportunity to talk about their personal experiences, build on their own knowledge and tell their stories in ways that help them heal.

Competence Issues CA CLE credit
Saturday, October 3, 10am-12pm
Location 1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Ste #200 (near 12th St BART & Accessible)

Leading the discussion:

Eric L. Waters, LCSW is a social worker and an activist. He is a licensed mental health clinician and has been providing educational experiences and trainings for 10+ years. Eric was originally trained as a movement organizer and workshop facilitator. Eric has trained youth organizers around the country, given workshops for mental health agencies around the Bay Area and shared therapeutic experiences with foster youth and their families. He attended Hampshire College, San Francisco State University's School of Social Work and has been trained by Training for Change and the Dulwich Centre, among other notable institutions.

Dr. Terry Kupers, Institute Professor at the Wright Institute in San Francisco and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is among the foremost national experts on the mental health effects of solitary confinement. His forensic psychiatry experience includes testimony in several large class action litigations concerning jail and prison conditions, sexual abuse, and the quality of mental health services inside correctional facilities. He is also consultant to Human Rights Watch. In preparation for his expert report in Ashker v. Brown he interviewed numerous current and former prisoners and their loved ones coping with the trauma of surviving decades in the SHU.

This training series will focus on practical skills development for loved ones, activists, legal workers, and lawyers to understand the nitty gritty methods and best practices for supporting people on the inside.