Training: understanding & responding to vicarious trauma

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Training: understanding & responding to vicarious trauma

  • Educational strategies are a key for successful management of vicarious trauma;
  • Training can provide professionals with knowledge and skills to respond to vicarious trauma;
  • All staff who are exposed to trauma as part of their work, are at risk of experiencing vicarious trauma.

All staff who are exposed to trauma as part of their work, are at risk of experiencing vicarious trauma. While vicarious trauma is a considerable Work, Health & Safety risk, it can be managed effectively to limit the human, financial and workplace costs.

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia was the recipient of the ‘Best Solution to an Identified Health and Safety Issue’ award from WorkSafe for our Vicarious Trauma Management Program.

The program should be attended by team leaders/managers who have day-to-day responsibility for staff wellbeing, as well as executive team members to understand the context of vicarious traumatisation in the workplace.

Content includes:

  • Understand the construct of vicarious trauma;
  • Differentiate vicarious trauma from burnout;
  • Understand what contributes to vicarious trauma;
  • Recognise the symptoms of vicarious trauma experienced by self and others;
  • Identify key individual and organisational vicarious trauma management strategies;
  • Understand the role of psychologically safe workplaces in the management of vicarious trauma
Duration Appropriate for Maximum participants
8 hours All staff exposed to trauma or traumatic material 20

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.