Experiencing Trauma as a Caregiver: Coping with Empathy Fatigue and “Secondary” Trauma – In Person Training


Many caregivers exhibit symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from working with people who have experienced trauma themselves or witnessing that trauma as a caregiver.  In addition, it can be very difficult to manage these symptoms while also providing care for others and helping them to cope with their trauma symptoms.  We will take a deeper look at how trauma of someone we care about impacts our own nervous systems, how empathy fatigue (often referred to as compassion fatigue) can make it difficult to feel regulated and provide care and create useful plans and tools to address these symptoms so we can fully engage with the people we are caring for.  This class is ideal for anyone who provides care, whether it’s a family member or a social worker/direct care worker.


Register Here   $30

Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be charged the full registration fee.

About the Presenter:

Ellen Merker, M.S. LPC, founding director of Heart Consulting LLC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma therapy for kids, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities.  She received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison, and has been working with neurodivergent kids, teens, and adults in various roles for 15 years. Ellen uses neurodivergent affirmative, sex-positive, and trauma-informed approaches in all work.  In addition to trauma therapy, Heart Consulting also works to reduce gendered violence against people with developmental disabilities through education and training.  Ellen also has extensive speaking experience, and has presented at conferences including Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference, WI Planned Parenthood, National Project Search Conference, Wisconsin Reproductive Health
Conference, and the Circles of Life Conference.

FFI: Please contact Michael Truman at 608-516-8410 or by email at mltruman@wisc.edu