Vicarious Trauma & Self-Care Trainings

Vicarious trauma occurs when a helping professional develops trauma symptoms as a result of working with traumatized people. While vicarious trauma is a normal and natural part of trauma work and is not a sign of individual deficiency (Perlman & Saakvitne, 1995), vicarious trauma can be permanently transformative if not addressed.  Participants in the following trainings will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of vicarious trauma while also learning practical, effective tools to assist in coping with, transforming, and inoculating against the impact of vicarious trauma.

Self-Care B.A.S.I.C.S. - Essential self-care tools for those working with a traumatized population

By the end of this one day training participants should be able to:

  • Define vicarious trauma and articulate why those working with a traumatized population are at greater risk for vicarious trauma
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms associated with vicarious trauma
  • Identify cultural factors which impact vicarious trauma
  • Identify the potential impact of vicarious trauma on work performance and quality of life (Participants will complete an individual assessment)
  • Articulate the role of awareness, balance, community and connectedness in effective self-care
  • Create an effective, individualized plan for short-term/urgent self-care
  • Create an effective, individualized lifestyle plan for ongoing self-care


Self-Care on the Spot! - Useful tools for urgent self-care planning
By the end of this half-day training participants should be able to:

  • Define vicarious trauma and articulate why those working with a traumatized population are at greater risk for vicarious trauma
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms associated with vicarious trauma
  • Learn practical, effective urgent self-care tools to assist in effectively managing the impact of Vicarious Trauma in the moment
  • Develop a personalized urgent self-care plan.

Minimizing Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace - Creating a supportive, productive organizational culture.
By the end of this half-day training participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the ways in which vicarious trauma can impact staff morale, job performance and organizational identity.
  • Identify prevention and intervention strategies that can minimize the impact of vicarious trauma in the workplace.
  • Develop a site specific targeted plan of action to minimize vicarious trauma.

Recommendation:
 
"Nicky has provided training on Vicarious Trauma to the doctors in our Primary Care Department. She is a very effective trainer with a warm, supportive style.  The knowledge she shared and her suggestions were very well applied to the specific issues these doctors face in their work with children.  Each attendee left the class having the tools to identify the specific symptoms of Vicarious Trauma in oneself as well as effective means to cope with them.  We hope to have her return to do more presentations in the future."

Peggy Pearson, MFT, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Oakland, CA

Trainings can be adapted in order to address the specific needs of your setting.  Information regarding training costs available upon request.  Please contact me if you have any questions and/or wish to discuss your training needs

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