Trauma Sensitive Classrooms & Schools

The Toll of Working with Trauma: Self-Care as an Ethical Imperative - Session 2 of 2

April 7, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is limited to 2 participants per school district/organization in order to reach as many member districts as possible. If registration says closed, please email Lauren at to be added to the wait list.

Session 1: March 3, 2022

Speaker: Waheeda Saif, LMHC, Program Coordinator, Trauma and Loss Counseling Service, Riverside Trauma Center

Webinar Description
This training explores the toll that working with people who suffered trauma has on human service professionals through vicarious and direct exposures. We will discuss advances in trauma stewardship and toxic stress. Participants will be introduced to the framework of the 3Rs of Self-Care: Reflection, Regulation, and Relaxation and presented with examples of safe and healthy coping strategies. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own understanding, history, and methods for coping, and to consider ways to address the barriers to engaging in self-care on personal, systemic, and societal levels, so that they may remain able to provide optimum levels of intervention. Note: This webinar is a repeat of the webinar offered on October 18 and November 22, 2021, and is open to new particpants only.

Attendees must register for and participate in both two-hour webinar sessions. A code will be given out during each session for accountability purposes. Please hold onto the codes- you will enter them into one PDP and/or CEU forms, which are available on the Request Forms page on MPY's website. Forms must be completed within 8 days of the 2nd session.

About the Speaker
Waheeda Saif, LMHC, Program Coordinator, Riverside Trauma Center, has worked with adolescents and adults for over 10 years, providing therapy to survivors of abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Prior to that, she served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Florida court system. She has been with Riverside Trauma Center since 2008, providing consultation after traumatic events, as well as conducting trainings on a range of issues regarding trauma and suicide. She served as a Team Leader in our FEMA-funded response to the tornados in central and western Massachusetts in 2011. Waheeda is trained specifically in trauma therapy modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.For assistance email

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email

Waheeda Saif, LMHC

Waheeda Saif, LMHC

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