Vicarious Trauma Management

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia’s Vicarious Trauma - Managing the Inevitable Workshops are designed to assist front-line, supervisory and managerial staff to identify and respond effectively to vicarious trauma in the workplace.

This training may benefit you if you work with:

  • Vulnerable individuals or families in need of family support services, drug and alcohol treatment programs, mental health services, or counselling services

  • Children and families who have experienced violence

What is Vicarious Trauma?

Vicarious trauma refers to the detrimental impacts suffered by people who are indirectly exposed to traumatic material. Workers are exposed to traumatic material when they are deployed in disaster or combat zones, assist others in emergencies, or witness or hear about incidents of abuse, violence, torture, or neglect.  Vicarious trauma is quite different to burnout.

The following types of professions are often at risk of vicarious trauma:  

  • Police
  • Fire Brigade
  • Ambulance
  • Emergency Services
  • Health
  • Military
  • Rescue
  • Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
  • Community Services
  • Child Protection
  • Law
  • Human Rights

According to research, the only predictor of whether or not a person will experience vicarious trauma is their exposure to traumatic material. This means that if people are exposed to traumatic material as a product of their work, vicarious trauma is a work, health and safety hazard.

Professional Services

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia offers a range of professional services to assist organisations to manage vicarious effectively. Explore our professional services here.

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