If your agency/ organisation supports people with experiences of psychological trauma - this can have an adverse effect on supporting staff and a range of other professionals. Typical effects include: burnout, negativity, cynicism, absenteeism, high turnover of staff & a range of debilitating psychological effects. While these are normal responses to working with traumatised people, they are preventable and can be worked with to the benefit of staff, their clients, and improved organisational success.
Women’s Aid offers half a day in-house training to agencies/ organisations by request on the topic of: ‘Vicarious trauma Impact, solutions & prevention’.
The training covers:
Understanding Vicarious Trauma (VT) & related conditions
Understanding psychological trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Secondary trauma, Compassion fatigue & Burnout
The role of empathy & compassion
Empathy work & emotional reactions to other people’s trauma
Effects of VT
Preventing VT and responding to symptoms
Practicing professional boundaries
Self-care, peer & organisational support