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Recorded on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Being an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming and stressful for a myriad of reasons. Helping professionals report increased and unique work demands, struggling to take care of oneself and others during work hours, loss of social outlets, and loss of the ability to connect with others. Additional stressors may include a fear or dread of oncoming illness and the potential loss of friends and loved ones. More of us are experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, and helplessness each day. Self-care is essential to maintain your physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual health. The PEMSS model is a holistic approach that focuses on five areas (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Social and Spiritual) and the proper implementation of direct self-care in these areas. Using this model will eradicate the challenge of identifying effective self-care behaviors so that one can maintain personal and professional well-being in the face of uniquely stressful times.


Holly Sawyer, PhD, LPC, CAADC, NCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in Pennsylvania, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has a Doctoral degree in in higher education with 17 years of experience teaching and developing higher education courses. Sawyer is the CEO of Life First Therapy, her solo private practice and the Therapy Loft Collective, an online group private practice. She provides clinical supervision to recent graduates and professional consultation to professionals. She is a mental health public speaker and self-published author of It's Time to Talk About Trauma and Get Your Mind Right, Get Your Money Right: The Mental Health Guide for Successful Entrepreneurs. Sawyer has been featured on Psych Central, Best Colleges, Bustle, Popsugar and more.

Valerie Daniel, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice where she works with individuals and couples dealing with issues ranging from low self-esteem, anxiety, transition to recovery, and depression. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Delaware County Community College, where she teaches courses in the areas of social work, psychology, and addiction. Daniel finds time to give back to her profession as a clinical supervisor for master’s level social workers pursuing their LCSW.  

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe the PEMSS Model and define targeted self-care.
  • Participants will identify untargeted self-care patterns and blocks to implementing targeted self-care.
  • Participants will develop intentional, targeted self-care with mindfulness.
Content Level

All levels.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.
  • Advanced level courses provide content for participants who have been working in the content area and have a clear understanding of the issues. These courses cover and address the complexities involved in the work and involve synthesizing material to create new patterns or structures or evaluating material for a specific purpose.

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This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for continuing education contact hours.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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