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Testimonials

“Very helpful workshop - prompted reflection on self, practice and work issues. Thanks for providing different tools and ideas to use with clients/ colleagues/ family and self.”

KATHLEEN MILLER Alice Springs

“The self-care discussion helps remind you to check in with yourself. A reminder that for us to help others, we must care for ourselves too.”

NANETTE Women's Cottage

“An exceptionally good workshop where the trainer clearly imparted their deep and thorough understanding." ”

Gwen Lavis Counsellor

“Self care strategies shared provide realistic ways to care for myself and to help others care for themself. ”

Anonymous, Narooma

“I found this training extremely enlightening and eye opening. Highly recommended! ”

Anonymous Lifeline

CPD Information

Professionals may claim CPD hours / credits / points for their participation in Blue Knot Foundation training workshops as a self-directed learning activity.

Blue Knot Foundation helps you meet your reporting obligations by having clearly articulated learning outcomes attached to each workshop and issuing Certificates of Attendance to participants upon completion of the workshop. For more information please refer to your professional association or the AHPRA website.

Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma

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This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas. 

It provides information about trauma, traumatic stress and ‘adaptive’ coping strategies people adopt to introduce the concept of VT. Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a ‘normal’ reaction to an abnormal traumatic event/s, so vicarious trauma (VT) is seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. In fact, VT is an ‘occupational hazard’ for people working in the health and human service sectors where the prevalence of unresolved trauma/s is high. 

By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma and understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks. You will also explore the range of organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks of VT and embrace possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience. 

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, survivor coping strategies and possibilities for recovery
  • Define and delineate Vicarious Trauma (VT), its development, risk and protective factors, barriers to identifying it and distinguish VT from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Evaluate the concepts of post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience
  • Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision and self-care in VT risk and protection
  • Conduct a wellness assessment and take home tools to create a personal wellness plan


Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines

Who should attend?

Anyone in the workplace from diverse services and sectors including but not limited to health, community, legal, justice, mental health, AOD, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, settlement, and/or employment services.