Date & Time: October 27, 2022 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual

Social workers, and most workers in healthcare, experience the natural consequences of working in emotionally difficult, crisis oriented, complex systems everyday.


(Zoom link will be sent to participants 24 hours prior to the event)

CEs: 2


Social workers, and most workers in healthcare, experience the natural consequences of working in emotionally difficult, crisis oriented, complex systems everyday. This can look like having a bad day, moral distress, psychological secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and more. We will briefly review the history of evidence based discussions about moral distress, burnout, compassion fatigue. We will discuss and review strategies on an individual, team and institutional level to mitigate the harmful effects of moral distress.

This workshop will suggest a paradigm shift in how we look at and approach supportive strategies: Using a systems theory perspective which reduces the demand for individual solutions (the yoga class) and increases the responsibility of organizations to provide a moral community.

Starting with the assumption that working in healthcare is emotionally stressful and provocative and will naturally evoke our own reactions begins to build the foundation of how we can truly help.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the primary features of moral distress.
  2. Identify potential harms of experiencing moral distress.
  3. Describe three strategies to mitigate the harm of moral distress.


$60 -Registration Fee

$40- Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate

$35 – Veterans Rate

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Faculty Bio

Hirsh and Vickie Leff Headshots 12.2021

Vickie Leff, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, is the Executive Director of the APHSW organization. She has over 35 years of clinical practice experience in healthcare including oncology, palliative care and hospice. Vickie serves as a subject matter expert and presenter to several national educational organizations & institutions. She served on the board of SWHPN for many years, developing and implementing their educational and mentorship programs. Vickie has published articles in Health Affairs, JPSM and other journals related to moral distress, debriefings and resilience, in addition to providing blog posts for PalliMed. She has worked with Project ECHO related to hospice and palliative care resilience initiatives. She is an Adjunct Instructor at the UNC School of Social Work in Chapel Hill. Vickie received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston in 1984 and a BA in Political Science from Ithaca College.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal upon approval
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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