Vicarious trauma Impact, solutions & prevention


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

Nurturing resilience

Self-care, peer & organisational support

 Further resources