Beyond Self-Care: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Supporting Staff’s Resilience



Vibrant Emotional Health formerly MHA-NYC - Youth Mental Health


Zoom webinar , 10004

US, 10004

Beyond Self-Care:

Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Supporting Staff’s Resilience

March 31st, 2020 10 am to 1 pm


Based on guidance from government officials and health experts regarding COVID-19, and in order to ensure the health and safety of all training attendees, Vibrant Training sessions for DYCD-funded program staff will be facilitated online using Zoom through the end of April.  We appreciate your patience with this process, as it is new technology for many of us.  If you are interested in attending this session online, you can register for the Zoom webinar using the following link:


Target Audience: DYCD-funded program supervisory and experienced staff in youth development programs. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in sustaining your career in human services, and promoting health and wellness in the organizations in which you work.


The act of caring is powerful and healing, and many of us in the helping professions see our work as a calling and not just a job. Given the level of individual and community trauma that so many of the youth and families that we work with have survived, the role of youth service practitioners is more important now than ever. Vicarious trauma, also known as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress, is what happens when human beings have empathic connections with others who have experienced trauma, and it’s an on-the-job hazard for all helping professionals. How can we manage the impact of vicarious trauma in our work and our lives?


In this interactive online workshop, we will focus in the morning on understanding common ways that our brains and bodies respond to trauma and vicarious trauma, and how that can affect behavior and relationships. We will give special attention to building sustainable self-care practices. We will focus on bringing vicarious trauma awareness into the culture of your program or organization, including discussions within supervision and team meetings. We will hear graduates of the DYCD Trauma-Informed Perspectives Practices Series (TIPPS) program about lessons learned as they applied trauma-informed practices in their organizations.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  • Know how trauma and vicarious trauma are defined

  • Make a plan to incorporate at least one self-care strategy

  • Gain tools for building vicarious trauma awareness in their organization


Facilitated by Elizabeth Speck, PhD, Principal of MindOpen Learning Strategies 

Please contact Cristina Harris (charris@vibrant.orgwith any questions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.