Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Supporting Resilience
$20.00 Or MEMBER PLAN (Starting at $9.95 a month/viewer)
Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT
Vicki is the Clinical Director of the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute, an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an instructor in the graduate program for Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Winnipeg. She is the editor and co-author of CTRI’s recently released book, Counselling Insights. In her private practice, she specializes in the area of trauma recovery for individuals of all ages and she helps individuals, couples and families build positive mental health and relational skills across developmental stages. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness that applies to both clients and helpers. Vicki also believes that it is essential for helpers to continue learning and developing their self-awareness alongside evolving clinical skills. She is the author or editor of many of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of anxiety, trauma, mindfulness, gender and sexual diversity, ethics and wellness. Vicki continues her own path of personal and spiritual growth with mindfulness practices including the contemplative and active streams. As a trainer, she is particularly gifted at creating a learning atmosphere that is collaborative and respectful, and which embraces diversity in personal identity, skills and cultural perspectives.
Helping others with trauma can have a particular effect on helpers. There is growing evidence that the impact goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of being safe, and of being competent and purposeful. This webinar gives an overview of the process of vicarious impact that can either go toward trauma or toward growth. Steps for healing vicarious trauma and promoting resilience will be described.
At the end of this webinar participants should be able to:
• Describe the process of vicarious impact on a helper from working with others’ trauma.
• Distinguish between the concepts of fatigue, secondary stress, vicarious trauma and
• List four steps for healing and transforming vicarious impact into resilience.