One must take care of themselves to be able to take care of another. Working with victims and survivors of abuse and trauma can be difficult, exhausting and yet extremely fulfilling, IF one takes the time to follow one’s own advice. Exposure to trauma can lead to feelings of suffering, sadness and hopelessness. Feeling that one is inefficient or powerless can be debilitating in the workplace as well in one’s personal life. This presentation will define vicarious trauma, signs of trauma and burn-out as well as “take home and do right away” ideas to take care ourselves.
1. Identify and distinguish the difference between compassion fatigue, burn-out, and vicarious trauma.
2. Gain an understanding of your own triggers and what actions you can take immediately to increase resilience.
3. Create and brainstorm ideas for workplace self-care including policies that incorporate care and resilience.