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Professionals may claim CPD hours / credits / points for their participation in Blue Knot Foundation training workshops as a self-directed learning activity.

Blue Knot Foundation helps you meet your reporting obligations by having clearly articulated learning outcomes attached to each workshop and issuing Certificates of Attendance to participants upon completion of the workshop. For more information please refer to your professional association or the AHPRA website.

Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma imageThis one day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma, burn out and compassion fatigue, and supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by trauma. 

Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a normal reaction to an abnormal event, so too can vicarious trauma (VT) be seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. One might say - an ‘occupational hazard’ for those working  across diverse sectors, including health, housing, mental health and family services, with traumatized clients. 

By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma, understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks, engage a range of protective factors to minimise the risks and, most importantly, embrace possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:

  • Define and differentiate between the various forms of  trauma 
  • Define vicarious trauma and demonstrate knowledge of its protective factors and risks 
  • Recognise the importance of one’s own subjective experience including transference and countertransference
  • Demonstrate skills to reflect on post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience
  • Identify the physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural & attitudinal impacts of vicarious trauma
  • Recognise the importance of quality supervision and self-care
  • Take home tools to create a personal wellness plan

Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

Suitable Audience

Anybody working with and/or for people who have experienced past or current trauma including: health professionals, case workers, family support workers, domestic violence workers, disability workers, mental health workers, peer support workers, AOD workers, police, emergency workers, supported accommodation workers