Training: introduction to vicarious trauma (e-learning)

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Training: introduction to vicarious trauma (e-learning)

  • All staff who are exposed to people's experiences of trauma as part of their work are at risk of experiencing vicarious trauma;
  • Interactive online workshop provides an overview of vicarious trauma impacts and management strategies;
  • Suitable for regional workers with limited access to face to face programs;
  • Individual and organisational pricing available.
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Vicarious trauma refers to the detrimental impacts suffered by people who are indirectly exposed to traumatic material. This may include workers who are exposed to traumatic events, such as:

  • hearing about incidents of abuse, violence, torture, or neglect from those who have had that experience, or
  • witnessing the trauma experienced by others.

This interactive online workshop will provide individuals with:

  • An understanding of the concept of vicarious trauma;
  • Skills in recognising the general impacts of vicarious trauma;
  • An overview of evidence-based strategies to manage (or offset) the impacts of vicarious trauma.

This program is self-directed. Participants can exit and resume their place at any time provided they resume using the same device.

A printable certificate of participation is provided upon successful completion and an evaluation report for organisations.

Enrolling as an individual:

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Enrolling multiple users:

  • Use the form on the right side of your screen to inquire about enrolling multiple user
Program duration Enrollment duration Appropriate for
45-60 minutes (approximately) 30 days Anyone who is working with those who have experienced trauma.

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.