Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience (1 day )

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experience and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • The Impact of Helping Others
  • The Inevitable Affect of Witnessing
  • Vicarious Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth
  • Contributors to Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Recognize and Build Self-Awareness
  • What are Your Patterns?
  • Reduce Stress and Lighten the Load
  • Repair and Rebuild Vulnerable Areas
  • Rejuvenate and Expand Capacities
  • Where to Increase the Load
  • Reconnection with Life and Meaning
  • The Gift of Resonance
  • Building a Personalized Strategy Plan

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Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, personal reflection, interactive group activities and small group discussions

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers, youth care workers and anyone who identifies as a caregiver.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the process of vicarious impact on a helper from working with trauma.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of secondary stress, vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.
  • Identify key vulnerabilities and strengths in one’s own practice as a helper.
  • List strategies for the transformation of vicarious impact into resilience.