Identifying and Responding to Vicarious Trauma in Staff and Volunteers

What is this training about?

Working with those who have experienced trauma can affect professionals and volunteers. Vicarious trauma is the emotional and psychological residue of exposure that individuals experience from working with children, young people and adults who share
their stories of abuse and exploitation. It is the impact of witnessing the pain, fear, and terror that are described by people who have been forced to live with violation. This is why it is important to understand that the experience of vicarious trauma is real and needs to be acknowledged. The more we appreciate it and expect it, the more effective we can be in supporting people who experience it – particularly through emphasizing the importance of engaging in self-care activities and strategies.

This interactive virtual classroom will help participants to understand what vicarious trauma is and how to prevent it or to reduce its consequences on staff and volunteers.  This training is suitable for staff and volunteers as well as their managers.

What will you learn?

By attending this training, you will:

  • Strengthen your understanding of the difference between burnout, vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress
  • Link knowledge of neuroscience to vicarious trauma and self-care
  • Understand the importance of self-care for all individuals who work with children and young people
  • Build your own self-care plan to support your own wellbeing in your work.