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Beyond Self-Care: The CE-CERT model for Secondary Trauma and Burnout

Hosted by Justice Clearinghouse 

This talk will discuss concepts and tools for addressing secondary trauma and burnout with an emphasis on the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the CE-CERT (Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma) model and how this specific trainer applied the principles and tools with himself and his team.  Other related models (e.g., TARGET and CBT) will also be discussed, but the central discussion will focus on applying the CE-CERT concepts and tools.  The CE-CERT model is NOT simply self-care but is a model that goes “beyond self-care” to present a functional, evidence-informed set of concepts, steps and tools that can be applied across multiple disciplines for day to day STS and burnout.

At the end of the presentation, the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the core concepts and principles of the CE-CERT model and how they apply to the reality of life since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
  • Understand how other approaches (e.g., “self-care”) are neither necessary nor sufficient to address the situations most providers encounter in their role in the helping profession.
  • Have an example of what the application of these concepts and principles looks like in real-time.

This webinar was pre-approved for 1 CEU credit by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). 


Dr. Michael Gomez is currently on staff at Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute, one of the teaching hospitals for the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the nation’s first, and oldest, psychiatric hospital specifically for children and adolescents and is committed to the dissemination of evidence-based practices in psychology.

Dr. Gomez was previously director of the Adversity and Resilience Community Center (ARCC), a child trauma behavioral health clinic in the West Texas area where he was also Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University Psychological Sciences; the Texas Tech University College of Education; and the TTUHSC School of Nursing.  He was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect/Child Study Center Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the OU Health and Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.  He specializes in Trauma-Focused CBT, treatment of adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), PCIT, TARGET, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders.  He is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT Trainer, of which he is one of 70 in the world.  Additionally, he is a Nationally Certified CE-CERT Trainer, a model for addressing burnout and vicarious trauma in providers.  He is also a nationally certified PCIT therapist.  He is trained in assessment and diagnostics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  He is one of the three national co-chairs for the National Child Traumatic Stress Networks (NCTSN) Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Workgroup (formerly the NCTSN Trauma and ASD Community of Practice), as well as a member of the NCTSN Steering Committee, the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Group, and the NCTSN Youth Task Force.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 1:00 - 2:15 pm