Forward-Facing Professional Resilience for Educators

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 6

Forward-Facing Professional Resiliency for Educators is a training that has been specifically crafted for Educators and Caregivers. This course explains how individuals can be physically, emotionally, and psychologically impacted by the demands and expectations of their jobs. This training provides learners with exercises to help them identify some of the negative effects they may face in the workplace. Dr. Gentry describes the causes and effects of Compassion Fatigue that Educators encounter and provides them with skills that can be utilized to begin reducing traumatic stress and building towards resiliency. This course is designed to help increase the professional quality of life for Educators. Participants will be able to correlate the causes and effects of stress in their work and come to understand how this impacts the physiology and neurobiology of individuals. Through this material, Educators will be better able to find their way through the difficulties they face, improve their health and well-being, and rekindle their joy in being of service to students and families.

Learning Objectives


  • To improve health and wellbeing for Educators and Caregivers
  • To identify the causes and effects of Compassion Fatigue
  • To understand the importance of self-regulation to reduce stress in the body
  • To correlate the causes and effects of stress and come to understand how this impacts the physiology and neurobiology of individuals
  • To provide a better understanding of how to interrupt the threat response system to dimmish and desensitize the body’s response to trauma and improve quality of living
  • To begin building a peer support network
  • To Identify your purpose and principles while living with intention and integrity

Eric Gentry Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S


J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S. is a board-certified and internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His doctorate is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley—a pioneer of 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. Dr. Gentry was 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. He has trained tens of thousands of professionals to more effectively treat traumatic stress. 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 third edition of this text was released in 2015. In 2016 He released his revolutionary Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy book. He is the author of numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a licensed psychotherapist with over 33 years of clinical practice. He is the CEO and owner of Compassion Unlimited– a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice.

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