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Vicarious Trauma & Resilience: Building Fortitude When Working With Trauma

  • In The Moment Studio First Floor, 72 Berkeley Street Glasgow, G3 7DS Scotland (map)


“By developing the deep sense of awareness needed to care for ourselves while caring for others and the world around us, we can greatly enhance our potential to work for change, ethically and with integrity” (van Dernoot Lipsky 2009)

If you are involved in activity that includes listening to, witnessing or reading about traumatic events experienced in the lives of others, you participate in encounters that can be profoundly difficult. Understanding, preventing and relieving trauma is a challenge for individuals, groups and organisations.

This is a training day for practitioners and activists to explore the impact of working with trauma and develop strategies to increase resilience and wellbeing. Acknowledging and addressing the reality of our work with trauma and our responses to it can be difficult and it is important that we take care of ourselves in this process, sharing our wisdom and gifts whilst exploring our struggles.

Working from a human rights perspective, this experiential training will draw on a number of psychosocial tools to explore vicarious trauma and resilience. The day's structure is influenced by the work of Judith Herman. We will use her three-stage model of trauma recovery; establishing safety, remembrance and mourning and reconnection as a guide for exploring our collective and individual narratives towards developing our resilience and fortitude when working with trauma.

By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Define Trauma and Vicarious Trauma

  • Explore basic concepts of the Neuroscience of trauma

  • Recognise signs of struggle in response to trauma

  • Reflect on their personal power in relation to their wellbeing and explore the structural factors which impact on their choices

  • Describe boundaries, roles and responsibilities when working with trauma

  • Develop strategies for growing their personal fortitude and resilience in response to working with trauma

Some feedback from previous participants of this training:

'It was participatory, engaging, theoretically informed and professionally delivered'

'Thank you for today, I feel strengthened by hearing others experience of VT and working with trauma, helping me to break the silence of feeling pain from being close to others' pain'

'The best part of the training - the flow of the day, it never felt forced or prescriptive'

We will provide a certificate of attendance for participants