Impact of Trauma on Staff: Addressing Vicarious Traumatization


# of CE's: 5


This introductory, interactive course addresses behavioral health and other human services staff being exposed to traumatic material shared by persons coming in for service. A theoretical framework for examining the impact of vicarious traumatization (VT) on staff is presented as well as methods for assessing its impact. Strategies for preventing and addressing VT that helps build resilience are discussed and a peer consultation model is presented that can be used formally or informally in the work environment to support staff exposed to traumatic material. The course is a revised & updated version of a Cycles of Violence session previously presented in 2005 to 2012 and contains some of the same material.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this basic overview training, participants will be able to:

  • By the end of this basic overview training, participants will be able to:
  • discuss the professional and personal impact of vicarious traumatization;
  • discuss signs of vicarious traumatization
  • discuss strategies of addressing vicarious traumatization and enhancing resilience;
  • examine a model of peer consultation that helps address vicarious traumatization

Intended Audience:

This introductory course is designed for staff at all levels in behavioral health & other human services agencies. Though not mandatory, knowledge of trauma theory and group facilitation is helpful

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Completion Requirements:

Participants must attend the entire presentation to receive Contuinuing Education Credits & must submit a completed course evaluation