Vicarious trauma (VT) can be understood as the transformation of a client’s traumatic experiences to a clinician, causing that clinician to themselves have their own trauma reaction. While our drive to help those grappling with trauma may be part of what brought us to clinical work, VT is still a growing and serious issue. It is estimated that over 90% of clinicians work with survivors of trauma and are therefore at risk for VT. Furthermore, VT can be detrimental to clinician well-being, longevity in the field, and our ability to serve communities in need. This webinar focuses on supporting providers in understanding what VT looks and feels like. Discussion focuses on better identifying VT, making space for its experiences in your work setting, and ways to build up your protective factors and mitigate risk factors.
The goals for this webinar are to:
To be able to identify VT in yourself and your workplace
Provide a brief overview of the research on VT
Create space to discuss experiences with VT
Provide a primer on how VT can be approached and mitigated in the workplace