Self-Care Strategies for Mitigating Trauma

12 JULY 2023 | 1PM – 5PM

Room 0.28 (Ground Floor)
TSI Building
North Campus
Maynooth University

Advancing Self-Care

Self-care is an integral component to adept professional practice, no matter the context. Several authors have suggested that self-care can assuage problematic professional conditions, including vicarious trauma, professional burnout, and workplace stress among a variety of professional disciplines. 

Benefits notwithstanding, research about self-care is limited. Specifically, there are very few works that examine international comparisons related to self-care practices. Rarer still are works that offer pragmatic solutions integrating self-care practices into professional work spaces.

This presentation will discuss The Global Self-Care Initiative, a multidisciplinary, international project focused on advancing the concept of self-care. The initiative achieves this aim by conducting research to explore cross-cultural dynamics associated with self-care. Then, findings from that research as well as trauma-informed care practices, are utilized to develop pragmatic practice models and tools to strengthen self-care practices, specifically, and overall wellness models, generally.

What To Expect

Using an interactive approach, presenters will engage participants in discussion and engaging exercises associated with pragmatic self-care practices. Individuals will:



Understand the consequences of inimical work and professional employment conditions, including the neuroscience of emotions and how this impacts conditions for burnout and vicarious trauma



Acknowledge the importance of self-care research and assessment as it relates to informing professional practice



Explore cross-cultural considerations for self-care practice and other tools one may implement in one’s own professional practice as well as the support of others



Consider implications for ongoing work and training associated with self-care and trauma-informed practices to reduce harm and increase well-being

Meet the Presenters:


Dr. Justin “Jay” Miller is the Dean, Dorothy Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education, and Director of The Self-Care Lab in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. His work focuses on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems, as well as self-care practices among multidisciplinary helping professionals.

Dr. Amanda Brown


Dr. Amanda Brown is the Program Director for the MSW program in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of expertise center on trauma-focused care strategies among social work and criminal justice practitioners.


Dr. Kalea Benner is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Doris Y. Wilkinson Distinguished Professorship in Social Work Education in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests primarily reflect my area of social work practice – the intersection of child welfare and mental health, including substance misuse.


There are effective self-care strategies that can help you mitigate the effects of secondary traumatic stress (STS). The Self-Care Strategies for Mitigating Trauma conference will provide you with the tools and resources you need.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from your peers and share your own experiences.

Register today and take the first step towards applying the best practices in the field.