Blue Knot Foundation training: Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma

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This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.

It provides information about trauma, traumatic stress and ‘adaptive’ coping strategies people to introduce the concept of VT. Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a ‘normal’ reaction to an abnormal traumatic event/s, so vicarious trauma (VT) is seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. In fact, VT is an ‘occupational hazard’ for people working in the health and human service sectors where the prevalence of unresolved trauma/s is high.

By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma and understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks. You will also explore the range of organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks of VT and embrace possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, survivor coping strategies and possibilities for recovery
  • Define and delineate Vicarious Trauma (VT), its development, risk and protective factors, barriers to identifying it and distinguish VT from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Evaluate the concepts of post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience
  • Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision and self-care in VT risk and protection
  • Conduct a wellness assessment and take home tools to create a personal wellness plan

Multiple dates and locations, please see below (please note each session has its' own registration link)

Venue: Mercure, Geelong

Date: Friday, 21st April 2017, 8:45am - 4:30pm

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Venue: Portside Conference Centre, Sydney

Date: Thursday, 27th April 2017, 8:45am - 4:30pm

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Venue: Ibis Hotel, Melbourne

Date: Friday, 9th June 2017, 8:45am - 4:30pm

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Multiple sessions and locations
Start Date: 
Friday, 21st April 2017
End Date: 
Friday, 9th June 2017