Building Personal Capacity - Understanding Trauma & Responding to Vicarious Trauma:
Professional Development for Service Providers Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT) and contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue. It supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in which complex, intergenerational and collective trauma are prevalent.
This training presents information about trauma, traumatic stress, coping strategies and impacts. Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a ‘normal’ reaction to an abnormal traumatic event/s, vicarious trauma can be seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. This training supports trauma-informed culturally sensitive practice while recognising the significant risk of vicarious trauma in doing this work.
This training will equip you with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma, and understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks using a cultural lens. You will also explore the community, organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks and embrace possibilities for individual and collective post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of complex, collective and intergenerational trauma, its dynamics and impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the potential for healing
- Define Vicarious Trauma (VT), its features and factors in its development in relation to cultural beliefs and context and distinguish VT from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
- Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse impacts, barriers to identification, risk and protective factors of VT in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
- Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision, self-care and community in VT risk and protection
- Evaluate the concepts of post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience from individual and collective perspectives
Blue Knot Foundation collaborates with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers to deliver and augment this training with information and strategies for providing culturally informed, safe, respectful and attuned services. We also acknowledge and thank the cultural mentors who have informed the development of this training and who continue to provide guidance.