Professional services: monitoring vicarious trauma

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Professional services: monitoring vicarious trauma

  • Vicarious trauma can seriously impact on the well-being of a workforce and organisation;
  • Psychometrics are a tool used to monitor and manage vicarious trauma;
  • The use of psychometrics to monitor and manage vicarious trauma can provide clear information about the severity and type of vicarious trauma symptoms that are present.
  • Our clinicians provide regular psychometric monitoring of vicarious trauma for external organisations and professionals working in the context of trauma.

Vicarious trauma management

Vicarious trauma can seriously impact on the well-being of a workforce and organisation. Managing vicarious trauma not only promotes the wellbeing of staff, it is cost effective and assists organisations in proactively complying with work, health and safety requirements.

Vicarious trauma can produce significant and prolonged human and financial costs in the following areas:

  • Employee physical and mental well-being;
  • Employee work performance;
  • Collegial relationships;
  • Workplace culture;
  • Staff attrition rates;
  • Unplanned absences from the workplace;
  • Worker compensation claims.

The use of psychometrics to monitor and manage vicarious trauma can provide clear information about the severity and type of vicarious trauma symptoms that are present.

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia clinicians provide regular psychometric monitoring of vicarious trauma for external organisations and professionals working in the context of trauma.

Two formal measures are used to assess vicarious trauma. The measures assess cognitive change symptoms resulting from exposure to trauma and the degree of secondary traumatisation in professionals who work with trauma survivors.

Monitoring can be applied to individuals, teams and organisations.

Our professional services

At Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, we work with organisations that support traumatised populations to develop customised evidence-based tailored solutions to effectively meet identified needs. Our experts assist government agencies and non-profit organisations working across diverse settings.

We engage in ongoing research to ensure that services provided align with best national and international practice in the field. Our organisations’ work is evidence based and we strive to deliver services of the highest quality.

We have extensive success in providing trauma-specialised interventions and supervision to frontline, advanced practitioners and leaders.

All vicarious trauma management 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.