DSW Candidate – Jessica Hughes, LCSW, 9AM – 10:15AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Serving the Servants: Critical Trauma-informed Servant Leadership with Social Workers & Peer Specialists

DSW Candidate – Jessica Hughes

Monday, April 22, 2024

9AM – 10:15AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Serving the Servants: Critical Trauma-informed Servant Leadership with Social Workers & Peer Specialists

Social workers and peer specialists have higher trauma histories, vicarious trauma (VT), and burnout. The Veterans Health Administration employs thousands of social workers and peer specialists who would benefit from ongoing trauma-informed supervision (TIS).

A social work supervision model is absent from the literature. One solution is to create a supervision model that may be peer-driven and trauma-informed. This capstone product examines existing but inconsistent TIS guidelines in the literature within adult healthcare settings.

A conceptual model synthesizes critical disability theory and Mad Studies, applying them to principles of TIS through a servant leadership framework. TIS ensures safe spaces for staff to develop professionally. Servant leadership supports and models self-care at the agency level. Critical theories challenge the medical model of mental distress and acknowledge disability and neurodiversity.

This model is applied to leadership by delineating the model’s significant components and implementation. CTISL provides supportive supervision, enhances team collaboration, and empowers staff to practice supervision and leadership skills through collaborative peer mentoring. Implications for leadership are examined.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define trauma-informed care (TIC) and identify at least four principles of TIC.
  2. Define trauma-informed supervision (TIS) and identify the gaps in the literature on TIS.
  3. Identify three features of servant leadership. Identify how critical theories like CDT and Mad Studies contribute to CTISL.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.