Training for psychologists, counsellors and frontline workers

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Training for psychologists, counsellors and frontline workers

  • Vicarious trauma refers to the detrimental impacts suffered by people who are repeatedly exposed to others’ trauma through first hand accounts or secondary sources;
  • Educational strategies are a key for successful management of vicarious trauma;
  • Training can provide professionals with knowledge and skills to respond to vicarious trauma.

Vicarious trauma training

Vicarious trauma refers to the detrimental impacts suffered by people who are repeatedly exposed to others’ trauma through first hand accounts or secondary sources. It is cumulative and builds up over time.

Vicarious trauma happens when someone is repeatedly exposed to the trauma of others. It is a recognised effect for people on the frontlines of violence: police, family violence workers, rape counsellors, psychologists.

Educational strategies are a key for successful management of vicarious trauma. Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia has developed a suite of vicarious trauma training programs which aim to equip professionals at all levels (frontline and supervisory) with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and respond to vicarious trauma.

Training packages

Training and consultation for the management of trauma impacts on workers is available for organisations whose employees work with those who have experienced trauma. Training packages available include:

  • eLearning - An introduction to vicarious trauma (45 minutes)
  • Understanding vicarious trauma and responding to vicarious trauma (1 day)
  • Supervising the management of vicarious trauma (1 day)
  • Measuring vicarious trauma: Use of psychometrics (1 day)
  • Self-care planning to offset vicarious trauma (1 day)

See more details about our vicarious trauma training:

Our training approach

At Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, we recognise that adults bring a wealth of knowledge and individual experiences to the learning environment. Every workshop utilises adult learning principles, as per the Principles for Best Practice for 21st Century Education (Nichols, 2002).

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia trainers are social workers, psychologists, and educators. They are experienced trainers in causes, consequences and primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence causes.

All facilitators are trained to safely and compassionately respond to disclosures and refer onward to state based services.

All training programs are audited regularly to ensure the information provided is evidence-based and current.

Programs can be tailored based on the needs of each organisation and can be delivered to clinical and non-clinical audiences.