Social Work Conference

Look at the Helpers: Addressing Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Shared Trauma in the Helping Community
Friday, September 30, 2022, 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(2 SW CEUs)
Larini  Room,  Public Square, Molloy
University, Rockville Centre campus

Speaker: Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW
The conference is sponsored by the Fordham/Molloy MSW Program in recognition of the 25 years of the Fordham Molloy collaboration

Program Description

"Mental health" is in the news and trending, yet we hear almost nothing about supporting those who are providing mental health and social services support to their communities. Research shows that mental health providers face an increased risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatization; compassion fatigue is truly an occupational hazard in our field. Remember the adage, you can't pour from an empty cup? This workshop was designed to help "fill the cup", or at least encourage us to start thinking about ways to do so, through a resilience lens.

The workshop will provide a collective overview of compassion fatigue, burnout, and shared trauma (Tosone, 2012), and offer registrants a framework for addressing and mitigating the effects and impact of burnout and CF. We will invite and encourage participants to reflect upon and lean into their own plan for personal and professional self-care, through the spirit of discussion, community building (via breakout groups), and reflection. There is no debating the fact that these matters of professional impact must be normalized and interrogated if the helpers are going to be able to continue to help, long after mental health stops trending on Twitter.

There will be a cocktail hour following the workshop along with an awards ceremony from 5-7 p.m.

The program is open to all who wish to attend.   

Learning Objectives

●     identify and recognize compassion fatigue, burnout, and shared trauma in the helping profession.
●     locate risk factors related to both compassion fatigue and burnout.
●     define personal and professional strategies to mitigate the impact of both compassion fatigue, burnout, and shared trauma, and develop a personal and professional plan for sustainability and reflection.

Speaker Bio 

Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW
Renee is a proud alumnus of Fordham University GSSS (05), a social worker, and the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Renee teaches in the Online MSW program at Fordham University and is pursuing her Ph.D. at Adelphi University. Rawcliffe spent close to 20 years in direct practice working with individuals and communities impacted by disasters and provided leadership and content expert training to human service organizations responding to these events. As a result of this work, Renee takes any opportunity she can to address compassion fatigue and burnout to both seasoned professionals and students and attributes her longevity and success in the disaster response and recovery world to champions and cheerleaders who did the same for her.


The conference and check-in will be held in the Larini Room (Room 290A) located on the second floor in the Public Square Building on the Rockville Centre campus of MolloyUniversity located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3553.

Continuing Education Credit

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy University, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This program is approved for a total of two (2) CE contact hours  for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Tuition Rates
General Public: $35
Molloy/Fordham Alumni and Molloy/Fordham Students Registration: No Charge (please use your Molloy or Fordham email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy/Fordham Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy or Fordham email address as your contact email when registering)


Online registration is available by clicking here

You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or purchase order information. 

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.


Questions regarding registration? Contact: Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services,  Email: Phone: 516-323-3553

Questions regarding content? Contact: Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R, Director Fordham/Molloy Graduate Social Work Program, Email: Phone: 516-323-3884