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



Vibrant Emotional Health formerly MHA-NYC - Youth Mental Health


To be determined

NY 10004

NY, US, 10004

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

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm, FPWA

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 full day interactive 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. In the afternoon, 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…

  • Leave with a strong understanding of primary trauma and vicarious trauma

  • Create an action plan to incorporate self-care strategies into everyday work

  • Gain tools for building vicarious trauma awareness in their organization


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


Please note that the workshop begins at 10:00 am. Lunch will NOT be provided.  Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch, and there are many lunch options near the training site.

In order to participate in this workshop it is important to arrive on time. Anyone arriving after 10:30 am will not be allowed to join the workshop.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations for this training must be submitted within 48 hours prior to the training date through the EventBrite registration page in order to allow waitlisted registrants an opportunity to attend.

This professional development opportunity is provided at no cost to you but has a value of $120-150 per person for DYCD.  If you register for and are subsequently unable to attend this session you are responsible for cancelling your registration or risk being waitlisted for future events.  

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