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Vicarious Trauma


1 day (up to 7 hours for full day course) or up to 3.5 hours for half day course.

Course aims: 

Does your work include upsetting situations? Are you part of a first response team, or do you work within the voluntary sector where dealing with distressing events are part of your role? 

Vicarious trauma is the process of change that happens because you care about other people who have been hurt and feel committed or responsible to help them. Over time this process can lead to changes in your psychological, physical and spiritual well-being. It is the cumulative effect of contact with survivors suffering from trauma, violence, cruelty, disadvantage or struggle.

This course will provides many opportunities to recognise the impact your work is having on you and to think about how to protect and care for yourself and others while working in this environment. It is specifically designed to

  • Understand the process of vicarious trauma.
  • Recognise signs of vicarious trauma.
  • Learn strategies to help address your distress, and give future tools to prevent this occurring.

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand what vicarious trauma is and how this can manifest itself through common symptoms
  • What actions can put you particularly at risk. 
  • How you can address vicarious trauma through working protectively and taking care of yourself
  • What managers and organisations can do to help.

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