Managing Vicarious Trauma when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who have experienced trauma
This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma 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.
The training explores the nature, dynamics and risks of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports culturally sensitive trauma-informed practice to enable you to stay healthy and safe in your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 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, understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks using a cultural lens, and intervene appropriately. You will also explore the community, organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks of VT and embrace possibilities for individual and collective post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.
By participating in this professional development training, participants 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) and its features, factors in its development in relation to cultural beliefs and context, and distinguish VT from burnout and compassion fatigue
- Evaluate the concepts of post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience from individual and collective perspectives
- 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
Blue Knot Foundation additionally 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.