Vicarious Trauma Training (VTT)

How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Caring Without Losing Your Humanity

VTT provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to avoid compassion fatigue and look after their own personal mental health and wellbeing, when dealing with people who have experienced trauma, or when working with difficult, emotional, sensitive or potentially traumatic material and information.

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What does VTT do?

VTT helps staff to gain skills, knowledge and tools to:
  • Identify early warning signs of vicarious trauma
  • Be able to clearly delineate the boundaries of their role, when liaising with people who have experienced trauma
  • Be able to manage their emotional and mental wellbeing when exposed to difficult material and information
  • Neutralise compassion fatigue in the hybrid workplace
  • Learn effective ways of debriefing following difficult interactions, and how to avoid unhelpful ways of responding
  • Build their emotional fitness to cope

We find this is often important to managers because they want to achieve a mentally healthy workplace with high productivity, low absenteeism, reduced legislative risk, and loyal, happy staff, who can provide the highest level of professional service to your clients.

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virtual trauma training

``VTT has given me an in depth insight into trauma and how to be able to respond effectively``

What's In The VTT

Vicarious Trauma Training provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to look after their own personal mental health and wellbeing, when dealing with people who have experienced trauma, or when working with difficult, emotional, sensitive or potentially traumatic material and information.

The VTT can be delivered as a 2 Day or 1 Day course, depending on the needs of your organization.

What's In The VTT
  • Understand how the brain and body operate when responding to trauma and potentially traumatic material and information
  • Recognise the complex impacts of trauma and vicarious trauma on behaviour, cognition and emotions.
  • Understand the power and importance of empathy, how it can help and hinder our own wellbeing as a responder, and apply strategies to utilise empathy effectively for ourselves and the person who has experienced trauma.
  • Identify unhelpful interpersonal dynamics which commonly arise when assisting people in highly emotional scenarios, and appropriately manage these for the best outcomes
  • Identify signs they may be overstepping the limits of their role, and be able to respond effectively to ensure they are acting appropriately within professional boundaries.
  • Tailor their communication to elicit relevant facts as required, while also minimising the risk of re-traumatisation and vicarious trauma.
  • Tailor their communication to elicit relevant facts as required, while also minimising the risk of re-traumatisation and vicarious trauma.
  • Respond in a timely and effective manner to the signs of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.
  • Have a good understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder, including the signs and symptoms, prevalence, risk factors, course and support options available relevant to their role.
  • Apply strategies to build Compassion Satisfaction as a tool for preventing Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue.
  • Apply the 6 principles of Trauma Informed Care to effectively look after their own wellbeing when working with difficult material, or people who have experienced trauma.
  • Understand and apply a healthy Debriefing model to respond effectively to challenging interactions, and avoid falling into patterns of unhelpful debriefing
  • Utilise an advanced Self Reflection tool to manage personal ́hotspots ́.
  • Understand the science of exposure, desensitisation, avoidance, and be able to effectively identify and respond to potential personal triggers.
  • Apply strategies and tools to build and maintain their personal emotional fitness, when dealing with highly sensitive information.
What's In The virtual trauma training

What are our Results

We are focused on ensuring you get the results you are looking for within
your organization. Some of the results we have helped our clients achieve are:
Reductions in psychological injury claims of more than 50%

Reductions in psychological injury claims of more than 50% (see right).

Reductions in rates of mental ill health of : up to 80% (depression), 100% (anxiety), 36% (stress).

Reductions in rates of mental ill health of : up to 80% (depression), 100% (anxiety), 36% (stress).

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