BINGHAMTON, NY – The Center for Trauma and Disaster Mental Health at Binghamton University is accepting registrations for its third conference. Titled “Wellness in Choas: Compassion Fatigue Prevention for Disaster Response, Emergency Management and Trauma Work,” the conference will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 16, in Old Union Hall on the Binghamton University campus.

This training is geared towards responders and helpers who wish to learn new techniques and gain a better understanding of the range of self-care strategies they can use to preserve professional competence and personal wellness. The primary goal of this four-hour conference is to build responders’ and helpers’ resilience to the undeniable occupational hazards of their work. Participants will become familiar with the warning signs of potentially harmful stress reactions as well as early indicators for compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress and professional burnout. The training will highlight the important role self-care plays in maintaining helper competence, enhancing well-being and managing the stress continuum.

Registration is $65 before Feb. 15, and $75 after Feb. 15. Registration for students is $25. Payments should be made to: “BU Foundation #50353” and can be mailed or dropped off to: Binghamton University Department of Social Work, College of Community and Public Affairs, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, Attn: Amy Edwards.

For additional information, contact the Center for Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Co-directors Brian Flynn at bjflynn@binghamton.edu or Sandy Witt at switt@binghamton.edu in Binghamton University’s Department of Social Work or visit the social work website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/ccpa/social-work/news-and-events/.