Managing Vicarious Trauma
This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature, dynamics and risks 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.
This training, informed by current research, provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to better recognise the early signs of VT and intervene accordingly. It equips you with a range of organisational, interpersonal and personal strategies to minimise the risks of VT and its impacts and foster possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience. You will also be supported to develop your own wellness assessment and plan to enhance your professional resilience.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of trauma and 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 be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.