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Is It REALLY Okay Not to Be Okay?: How to Help Clients By Managing Our Own Wellness


DECEMBER 1, 2023 | 10 a.m. to Noon ET

Deadline for registration is Nov. 29

2 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for prevention professionals in domain P6 and treatment providers in domain C7 in the state of Ohio.


Level of Course | 100 Beginner




Human services workers are often called upon to support others–their clients, coworkers, and communities–which feels like a natural extension of their personal and professional identities. But what happens when the helpers are co-experiencing unprecedented stress in “real time” with those they help? We are told it is okay not to be okay, but do we really feel that we have permission to step back and take care of ourselves? In this interactive workshop, human services workers will identify the need for managing their own wellness, explore the “mental myths” of being a helper, and strategize ways to help their clients by helping themselves. The workshop will use humor, transparency, and kindness to communicate about a topic we all acknowledge, but generally don’t do!


      1. Participants will be able to inventory their current level of personal and professional stress.
      2. Participants will be able to identify the “mental myths” that create barriers to asking for help.
      3. Participants will be able to develop strategies for attacking the mental myths that may be creating barriers to their own wellness and their ability to support their clients.


10 a.m. – Introductions and Overview

10:10 a.m. – Developing a Shared Vision

10:30 a.m. – When Secondary Trauma becomes Primary

10:50 a.m. – Processing Session

11 a.m. – Identifying Mental Myths

11:20 a.m. – Processing

11:30 a.m. – Strategies for Coping

11:45 a.m. – Behavioral Change Commitment Processing

11:50 a.m. – Wrap Up

12 p.m. – Close

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by: 

Philip D. Atkins, PhD, LICDC-CS, OCPC

Chief Care Coordination Officer/VP at Harbor Behavioral Health Care

Dr. Philip Atkins, PhD, LICDC-CS, OCPC has more than 30 years of experience in alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services. He is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Certified Prevention Consultant. He has served as a clinician and administrator in a variety of settings, including private non-profit behavioral health providers, faith-based organizations, public mental health and substance abuse boards, and as a private consultant. Atkins has a PhD in Human Services Administration from Capella University that focuses on health care, public administration, criminal justice and nonprofit management. He is a graduate of the Mental Health Executive Leadership program at The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. 

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. The links come from our Qualtrics survey software, so please be sure to check your spam folder. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training date.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at should you need further assistance.


The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: RCST111747), is an approved* provider for
The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board.
*All courses hosted by CSWCE are approved for this Board unless the course description states otherwise.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 50-24068), is an approved* provider for
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board.
*Courses that have been approved for this Board will note the appropriate content areas in the course description.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 1628), is approved* to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 4/30/22-4/30/25. *Courses that have been approved for this Board will have the above statement listed in the course description.