Preventing Vicarious Trauma

Dangerous accident in warehouse during work - wounded worker

For some staff, the risks of secondary trauma and burn-out are extremely high due simply to the nature of their work. These staff often need extra resources and protection to secure their mental wellbeing.

Vicarious trauma can result from continued exposure to the trauma of others. People in certain occupations, such as first responders, social workers, some media reporters and others in helping professions, are at greater risk of developing vicarious trauma. This is because they are regularly dealing with highly emotional and challenging situations or people.

For many of these workers, staff work in an environment of sustained high pressure and emotional vulnerability.

Our 2-hour workshop on Vicarious Trauma assists staff in high-risk occupations to better safeguard themselves and their colleagues against cumulative stress and vicarious trauma. It helps staff understand the potential impact of their work on their wellbeing, and introduces strategies to combat undue stress or trauma responses.


The workshop will cover the following elements:

  • Understanding the different forms of trauma, and the impact of cumulative stress.
  • Emotional responses to trauma and how to identify them in themselves and others.
  • Signs of vicarious trauma.
  • Self-care strategies to promote wellbeing.
  • Finding the positives in trauma exposure and thereby cultivating vicarious resilience.
  • Referral to professional support services.


Participants gain:

  • A better understanding of the meaning and risks associated with vicarious trauma and cumulative stress.
  • An increased capacity to recognise the emotional impact of vicarious trauma.
  • Improved emotion regulation and resilience
  • Increased capacity to care for themselves and others.
  • Greater insight into their own individual trauma response style.
  • An understanding of the key features and benefits of building vicarious resilience, and how it can help them in their work.

Organisations gain:

  • Improved awareness of the support needs of their staff
  • Reduced absenteeism and burn-out
  • Reduced turnover and associated staff recruitment costs
  • Lower stress claims


Previous participants of these workshops have commented that:

It was helpful for us not just in terms of vicarious trauma – but in general terms of recognising stress, which we now understand creates a heightened risk of suffering these symptoms

Contact us today to book your in-house workshop.


Complementary programs include Building Resilience, Understanding Grief, and Working with Challenging Customer Behaviour. We are also able to develop value programs using a Mindfulness framework as a powerful methodology to support staff in high-risk roles.