Jessica Costaldi, LPC

Friday, April 26

Registration: 8:00am

Training: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

COST: $45.00

Even though many studies show that the “self” of mental health practitioners is a key component of positive outcomes in psychotherapy, it is unfortunately easy for clinicians to neglect their own physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual needs in order to meet the immediate demands of an inherently demanding career. Without intentional, practical self-care strategies, the pressures of being present with clients’ dark times and traumatic memories can quickly overwhelm even the most seasoned counselor at times. From an ethical standpoint, upholding principles such as preserving client confidentiality and maintaining professional boundaries are obviously top priorities; however, because impaired self-care could play an underlying role in serious ethical violations of these and other codes, practitioner resilience and wellness also deserve focused attention. Fortunately, fundamental aspects of a successful self-care plan can be surprisingly simple. In this interactive session, participants will assess their own levels of vocational stress/burnout and learn how to develop or augment an individualized, achievable self-care plan to promote the highest levels of ethical service delivery.t you provide. Talk about your team and your areas of expertise. 


  • Outline what ethical codes do (and do not) reveal about clinician self-care

  • Explore optimal self-care as a dynamic developmental task across the career of the counselor

  • Recognize signs of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma

  • Describe and apply macro and micro forms of self-care

  • Gather ideas for developing and implementing a personalized self-care plan


Jessica Costaldi


Jessica Costaldi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy. Jessica has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings and now sees clients in her private practice near the Fayetteville square. A native of Northwest Arkansas, Jessica is a past president of the NWA chapter of the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA) and currently serves as ArMHCA’s Legislative Committee chair. Some of her favorite self-care activities include spending quality time with friends, traveling to new places, attending live music events, and engaging in water sports and activities.

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Waters Edge Counseling, Play Therapy and Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6970.Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Waters Edge Counseling, Play Therapy and Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.