Vicarious trauma and self-care
Vicarious, or secondary, trauma is sometimes known as compassion fatigue. This is an emotional reaction which occurs through indirect exposure to someone else’s traumatic experience and its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder.
For example, foster carers supporting children in their care through trauma, or social workers working with children in cases of abuse and neglect.
This course explains the causes and effects of secondary trauma and offers ways in which to self-protect and care in order to minimise and prevent the risk of being impacted
- An organismic view of trauma
- Key indicators of secondary trauma
- Recognising secondary trauma within yourself and others
- Prevention through self-care.