Howard Center Training Institute

Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, and recommendations from public health authorities and medical professionals to minimize gathering in large groups, the Howard Center Training Institute has decided to cancel the Trauma Informed Care & Compassion Fatigue training scheduled for March 20, 2020 in Portland, Maine. All pre-registered participants will receive a full refund. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Trauma Informed Care & Compassion Fatigue
with Beth Goss, LCMHC
March 20, 2020 • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Registration $49 
AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront • Portland, Maine

Howard Center is a national leader in the delivery of integrated and seamless community-based supports for individuals, families, and communities in need.  The Howard Center Training Institute offers training on a variety of topics related to mental health, substance use, and developmental needs. We provide highly interactive full day workshops, incorporating a combination of solo, small group and whole group activities.

Trauma Informed Care
This session will focus on the basics of providing quality trauma-informed care when working with children, adolescents, adults, caregivers and community systems. The differentiation between post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma will be highlighted from a developmental perspective. Statistics on abuse will be reviewed to lay the groundwork for understanding the pervasiveness of trauma in the clients we serve and our community. An overview will be provided on two promising models used to treat children and families coping with complex trauma. This training will also cover the skills needed when working with children and families who have experienced trauma and the impact on providers. Participants will learn:

  • The definition of trauma and be able to identify the different types of trauma and its prevalence in society.
  • How to differentiate between PTSD and Developmental/Complex Trauma.
  • The significance of adverse childhood experiences as a public health concern.
  • Key skills in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

Compassion Fatigue vs Compassion Satisfaction

This session will focus on the difference between compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction. We will identify what compassion satisfaction is and means in your work. Special focus will be placed on recognizing the complexity and challenges of being present in your work and recognizing how to find balance between your personal and work life. Participants will learn:

  • The difference between compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction.
  • Early intervention strategies: professional risk factors /signs for individual practitioners.
  • Workplace strategies: what works? Low impact debriefing and grounding techniques before, during and after exposure.
  • Finding balance within the work for practitioners.

Schedule For The Day

8:00 a.m. – Registration/Morning Coffee & Tea
8:30 a.m. – Program begins
Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)
4:00 p.m. – Program ends
There will be two 15 minutes breaks (mid-morning & mid-afternoon)

Program Details:

This is a highly interactive full day workshop, incorporating a combination of solo, small group and whole group activities, exploring solutions to moral distress, compassion fatigue, traumatic stress and burnout.

– 6 CEU’s available for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Psychologists.
– Social Workers and Licensed Counselors must retain their certificate and copy of the agenda to present to their respective boards for CEU approval.
– Register at
– Tuition: $49

About the Presenter: Beth Goss, LCMHC, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 30 years of experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Beth is the Clinical Director of Long Term Support and Services at Howard Center working with all age ranges of clients with developmental and mental health needs. Beth is trained in the ARC Model of Trauma Treatment and is currently in a Train the Trainer role. She provides regular trainings on a variety of topics including: Trauma Informed Care, MH System of Care, Compassion Fatigue, In-home Family Work, and Child Development. She is a member of the Trauma Consultation Team at Howard Center. She has been trained in the Collaborative Network Approach and utilizes this approach with families and individuals.

About Howard Center: Howard Center has a long and rich history as a trusted provider in the community. With a legacy spanning more than 150 years, Howard Center has been providing progressive, compassionate, high quality care, support, and treatment for community members in need. Founded in 1865 as an agency serving destitute children, it now offers mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services across the lifespan. Our staff of 1,600 provides help and support in over 60 locations throughout Vermont.