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Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma

When professionals are working with survivors of traumatic experiences, there is a risk that their exposure to these experiences can trigger a trauma response in the worker. Vicarious trauma refers to the development of beliefs and attitudes in response to hearing about the traumatic experience of another. As the care goes on, the impact of the original traumatic event on the worker can accumulate and drive them towards burnout. Therefore, learning how to manage one’s own self-care is vital when working with survivors of traumatic events. Let the team at NewPsych provide insight and strategies to keep the balance, so that you may continue helping others.