The following trainings have been approved through the NASW-Virginia “Course Accreditation Program (CAP”) for Continuing Education Contact Hours. Please contact the sponsoring organization using the Contact information if you are interested in any of these trainings.
Mindfulness Painting: an Experiential Tool for Enhancing the Clinical Skills of Social Workers and Promoting Self-Care -
The field of Social Work often requires working in high stress environments that expose social workers to secondary trauma and
possible premature burnout. By sometimes putting their needs first, social workers more ably maintain balance and serve others better.
According to NASW, self-care is an ethical issue, indicating social workers have a professional obligation to care for themselves.
Without conscientious self-care, serious consequences can occur for social workers and the clients they serve including compromised
mental and physical health. Mindfulness Painting is an expressive tool for mindfulness, selfcare, self-discovery and enhancing clinical skills facilitated in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Free from critique, the painter uses the principles of Mindfulness Painting to explore the unknown with the focus placed on the experience rather than a finished product.
It is imperative that social workers recognize their own internal process to effectively relate to their clients. Mindfulness Painting
principles of 1) not knowing, 2) listening, 3) respecting, 4) following their intuition, 5) working with difficulty, 6) not interpreting the story,
and 7) completion are consistent with the values and principles of the social work profession. It is an excellent means for social
workers to discover and validate their strengths, identify their blind spots and experience personal growth and well being while also
learning techniques to grow their clinical skills. This process also protects social workers from secondary trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue in a creative and meaningful way.
Date(s): October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19, 2021
CE Hours: 24 (includes 2 Ethics)
Location: 2358 Generations Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Sponsor: Jody Tompros, LCSW, Intuitive Artist & Founder
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-276-4676