Professional Burnout, Stress, & Vicarious Trauma. The differences matter.

We specialize in the treatment and prevention of burnout in different categories of business:
Ongoing Art Therapy Group:  Preventing Burnout for Helping Professionals

Thursday evening groups meet bi-weekly from 7:00 - 8:15pm   $35/session. Currently accepting participants for an August 18 start date.  For more information or to reserve a space e-mail Drena at 

Reduce the impact of secondary and vicarious trauma in one of our supportive art therapy groups or trainings. Content includes psycho-educational information on the symptoms of traumatic stress and concrete solutions, based on current literature, to resolving it. Designed for social workers, creative arts therapists, case workers, child life specialists, special ed teachers, and other helping professionals working with challenging clients. Workers in helping professions are often under-appreciated, over-burdened and expected to be empathetic at all costs: laying the groundwork for burnout and compassion fatigue. Our workshops and ongoing groups incorporate creative expression and discussion to repair the effects of secondary trauma in a supportive group environment.

  • learn to recognize symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • identify ways in which your client relationships impact your personal life
  • regain control over life and work situations that feel out of control
  • hear from others who know what it’s like
Workshops and trainings at your agency.

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New York Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, SW 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 #0275.

New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC - approved clock hours for events at your agency that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP (NY Creative Arts Therapists) is solely responsible for all aspects of any programs offered. Learn more about at

Upcoming Workshops

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Saturday, April 22 10:00 AM
Learn about burnout and vicarious trauma
Our ongoing groups have become a sanctuary for the social workers and therapists who participate. These groups have been part of my professional life since 2007 and I am also enriched by the artmaking, conversation, and camaraderie.

Drena Fagen, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC
Group facilitator