Is it burnout...or is it PTSD?

When the Healer Needs Healing Too takes a look at how our own trauma can affect ourselves and our work.

Learning objectives:

1. Participants will evaluate how their own trauma experiences may have impacted their personal relational style and self-coping methods. They will identify how that may impact, for better or for worse, how they relate to clients.

2. They will be able to design an individualized plan for positively modifying their style of care and will develop personal goals for self-care and stress reduction.

3. Participants will be able to describe a primary paradigm shift in provider empathy and perspective taking that can reduce the stress in their practice.


This course has been approved by MEAC for 3 hours of continuing education. The approval number for this course is M1819-19-1225DE , and this approval is current through February 1, 2021.

  • Instructor(s)

    Instructor Bio:

    Maryl Smith, CPM, LDM, has an active homebirth practice and has been catching babies since 1984. Over the years she has cared for women from over 18 different nations, worked in two free-standing birth centers, taught as adjunct staff at Birthingway College of Midwifery and served in multiple roles in the promotion of midwifery in the state of Oregon. Her passion is supporting trauma survivors during the perinatal experience. Maryl frequently travels the world with her pastor/musician husband working to preserve indigenous spiritual expression in music. Her other activities include adventures with her granddaughters, herb gardening, writing and being active in her local Native American community.

    Maryl Smith

    CPM, LDM

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Part 1: Welcome!
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    • Video 1.1: Introduction
    • Video 1.2: Learning Objectives and How To Use the Worksheets
    • Article: The Challenging Dynamics of Survivor Caregivers
    • Study Abstract: The prevalence of childhood adversity among healthcare workers and its relationship to adult life events, distress and impairment
    • Article: When the Doctor Is a Survivor of Abuse
    • Article: ACEs Implications for Nurses, Nursing Education, and Nursing Practice
  • 02
    Part 2: Recognizing Trauma
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    • Video 2.1: Let's Start With A Story
    • Video 2.2: What are we talking about here?
  • 03
    Part 3: Client Interactions
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    • Video 3.1: Gentle Reminders
    • Video 3.2: Should we share?
  • 04
    Part 4: Compensation Skills
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    • Video 4.1: Compensation Skills from Early Trauma
    • Video 4.2: Dissociation
    • Video 4.3: Compensation Skills of Later Trauma
  • 05
    Part 5: Challenges for Providers
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    • Video 5.1: Triggers
    • Video 5.2 Hospitals
    • Video 5.3: Maladaptive Coping Mechanisms
    • Video 5.4: Reflection #1
    • Activity: Reflection #1
  • 06
    Part 6: Provider Burnout...or PTSD?
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    • Video 6.1: Burnout vs PTSD
    • 6.2 Working In High Volume/Low Resource Settings
    • Video 6.3: French Study
    • Video 6.4: Reflection #2
  • 07
    Part 7: Finding Your Way
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    • Video 7.1: Centering on Your Calling
    • Activity: Centering on Your Calling
    • Video 7.2: The Path To Resiliency
    • Video 7.3: Conclusion
  • 08
    Post-Test and CEU Certificate
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    • MEAC Post-Test and CE Certificate

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