The Maine Counseling Association is pleased to announce our

2022 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker


Julie Colpitts




 Building Personal and Professional Resiliency: Trauma Responsive Self Care


Vicarious stress, absorbed from our students’ or clients’ painful experiences, has always been a part of our workplaces. That stress is now coupled with our shared experience of  pandemic traumatic reality, creating a new intensity absorbed in our bodies, held in our feelings and reflected in our personal and professional lives. Traditional self-care is helpful, but it’s not enough.

Sometimes we can feel very much alone in this new reality.  Together, today, we explore our shared, brave resolve to help others through this difficult time and the impact on us. We also consider positive,  proactive strategies  for resiliency drawn from emerging research on successful responses to traumatic stress.  Self-Care is not just what we do after work, but how we do the work itself.


Julia Colpitts, LCSW   Julie provides consultation and training nationally on responses to domestic violence, on healing for traumatized organizations and individuals, and is on faculty at Socialwork@Simmons.  She has been a Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, sat on the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, Justice Advisory Council, the National IPV Prevention Council and participated in the White House Task force for Open Data Policing. Prior to her anti-violence work, Julie developed behavioral health and educational systems of care for adolescents, children and families experiencing traumatic stress. 

The Maine Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2020. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  

The Maine Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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