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Metro District Event - The Importance of Self Care - Free Event
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Events


5:45-6:45 Presentation
6:45-7:00 Closing Remarks/Q & A

Course Description: Self-care is a critical practice for increasing our effectiveness in the helping and healing professions. Please join us as we review the research behind the necessity of self-care, the concepts of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, as well as simple, practical strategies to implement in our role as OTs, on the job and at home.


Speaker Bio: Tricia Sedlacek, (MSW, LICSW), serves as a clinical social worker, parent coach, and educator in the Twin Cities metro area.Tricia is a licensed independent clinical social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Social Work.  Her career has included medical social work within a metro-area hospital system serving various units. She has also worked as a therapist in a mental health and addiction clinic, and as an adjunct professor at two local colleges teaching in both Education and Social Work departments.  Tricia is the owner of In Tune Connections  where she aims to provide support to parents, caregivers and educators, while equipping adults to be attuned to the development and needs of the children in their homes and under their care. She believes that creating strong, purposeful connections between children and their adults helps develop positive and desired relationship patterns.  

 Tricia has spent more than 15 years as a social worker in an urban MN school district, serving families and children with special learning and behavioral needs.  In this capacity, Tricia enjoys working with families and educators to eliminate barriers to academic and social/emotional success. Tricia works with parents, businesses, places of worship, school settings and professional groups to expand their approaches to interacting and building strong connections. She also speaks to groups on a variety of parenting, educational and clinical topics.


  1. Explain how self-care is a critical practice for increasing one’s effectiveness in providing OT services

  2. Evaluate the research behind the necessity of self-care to effectively function as a healthcare professional

  3. Describe the concepts of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

Target Audience: OTs/OTAs

Practice Area: Professional Issues

Course level: Introductory

Event location: Merriam Park Library Room A   1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul MN 55104

Fee: MOTA members Free          Non-members: Free

Continuing Education Credits:  1.0 CEU

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This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 3 Professional Issues





Contact: Michelle Mercado, MA, OTD, OTR/L