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Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma
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Working with clients who are traumatized and/or grieving is challenging.  It requires that we remain connected and engaged as we hear stories of loss and pain and horror.  We witness our clients in states of abject fear, red-hot anger and soul-crushing grief.  Most times we are trapped in our office chairs and are compelled to witness and absorb this pain being experienced right in front of us.  That obviously is going to cause problems for us clinicians, right?  You cannot listen to and absorb trauma throughout your career without getting sick from it, right?  Not necessarily.  Join Dr. Gentry—an international expert on the treatment and prevention of compassion fatigue—in a hope-filled look at Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience.  Born from over 20 years of research and development, FFPR provides a pathway for professional maturation that both resolves and prevents the deleterious effects of work-related stress including secondary traumatic stress and burnout.  The five simple resilience skills of FFPR have demonstrated effectiveness in significantly lessening compassion fatigue symptoms while enhancing resilience and professional quality of life.  These results have been published in 12 peer-reviewed articles with multiple populations of professional and volunteer care providers.  

J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS, CCTP, Compassion Unlimited

J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS, CCTP, is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His Ph.D. is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley–a pioneer in these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue - the world's only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. In 1998, he introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and Compassion Fatigue Prevention & Resiliency Training. These two trainings have demonstrated treatment effectiveness for the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and he published these effects in several journals. He has trained over 100,000 health professionals over the past 20 years.

Dr. Gentry was the original faculty, curriculum designer, and Associate Director of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University. In 2001, he became the co-director and moved this institute to the University of South Florida where it became the International Traumatology Institute. In 2010, he began the International Association of Trauma Professionals - a training and certification body - for which he was the vice president.

In 2005, Hogrefe and Huber published Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery - a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress for which Dr. Gentry is a co-author. The Second Edition was released in 2010 and the Third Edition in 2015. He is also the author of the groundbreaking Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound. He is the co-author of Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience: Resolution and Prevention of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Unlocking the Keys to Human Resilience, and Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving. These books provide a new vision for trauma therapy in the 21st Century. He has written numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a Master Traumatologist with over 35 years of clinical experience with trauma, Complex PTSD, Personality disorders, and dissociation.

He is the President and CEO of The Forward-Facing® Institute and owner of Compassion Unlimited - a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice - in Phoenix, AZ.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. J. Eric Gentry maintains a private practice. He is the owner and President of Forward-Facing Institute, LLC., the CEO of Compassion Unlimited, and the co-director of Community Crisis Support Team. Dr. Gentry has employment relationships with the University of South Florida State, the Florida State University, the Florida Center for Theological Studies, the Argosy University, and the Webster University. He receives a speaking honorarium from Hirose & Associates. Dr. Gentry is a consultant and receives compensation. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. J. Eric Gentry is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and others. For a complete list, please contact


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