Understanding and Responding to Vicarious Trauma

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia’s Vicarious Trauma - Managing the Inevitable workshops are designed to assist frontline, supervisory and managerial staff to identify and respond effectively to vicarious trauma in the workplace. This workshop will increase staff awareness of vicarious trauma impacts, which equipping organisations and individuals with the skills to identify and effectively manage vicarious trauma.

  • Introduces the concept of vicarious trauma
  • Impacts of vicarious trauma
  • A multi-pronged, evidence-based approach to the management of vicarious trauma
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the construct vicarious trauma; 
  • Differentiate vicarious trauma from burnout; 
  • Understand what predicts vicarious trauma;
  • Recognise the symptoms of vicarious trauma experienced by self and others;
  • Identify key individual management strategies to offset the impacts of vicarious trauma;
  • Identify key organisational management strategies

Course Details

Course Duration:  Full day (8 hours)  - this workshop can be delivered across two days (four hours per day)
Maximum Participants:     20
Prerequisite:  None required


It was great training, informative, well presented and good use of real examples. The presenter's depth of knowledge was excellent. I will strongly recommend this training.  Community Health Worker

The trainer's style was lovely – she had good way of delivering potentially very theoretical material, and made a good transition from theory to reality. This was great training to do as a team. 
Community Health Worker

The trainer was clear, informative and professional, and used an appropriate level of humour. 
Community Health Worker

I really enjoyed this workshop. It has inspired me to talk to my service about VT.

I have attended other VT training in the past, but this has been really good and informative. I will recommend this training to others.  
Health Worker

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