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Central Coast Events Guide: Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Self-Care

Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Self-Care … Essential tools for workers exposed to trauma and crisis

In so many roles today there is an expectation to be many things to many people. This can lead to burnout and Vicarious Trauma.

What’s Vicarious Trauma?

It’s sometimes also called Compassion Fatigue and describes the phenomena generally associated with the “cost of caring for others”.

Wether it’s an elderly parent, a child with a medical condition, or working in an environment where you’re responsible for the care of others. It all takes its toll.

Vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of exposure that ‘helpers’ have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear and terror that trauma survivors have endured.

I’m sure we all know someone (or can identify with that!)

There are many signs and symptoms to be aware of.

The good news is, is that there are many simple remedies to adapt in order to minimise the impact of your profession /environment.

Designed for school teachers, frontline workers, medical and response staff, counsellors and other professionals there will be an upcoming half day training session in Erina which will equip you to understand stress, burnout and vicarious trauma, recognise the signs, implement strategies to address both burnout and vicarious trauma.

Your guide for the session will be Naomi Sirio from Soujourn who has qualifications in psychotherapy and training & education which allow her to be registered and insured as a practitioner.

This is peace of mind for you (and her) but is only part of the big picture. Over the last ten years, she has worked with thousands of women, men and children who have taught her more than they could ever know.

It is their resilience, courage and capacity to grow despite the most devastating circumstances that has, in part, made her who she is. To each of them she is eternally grateful.

For more information about the host of the event – Souljourn click here. 

If this sounds like something you’re interested in attending, we recommend you visit the event page on our site for details. 


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