Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth: Practitioner Growth Within the Work of Trauma Care

Mar 31, 2019 8:45am ‐ Mar 31, 2019 10:15am


Description

Vicarious exposure to trauma can be an opportunity for clinician growth in the same way that vicarious exposure can create negative reactions. As practitioners, we are often privileged to see clients survive, thrive, and grow as a result of trauma. In this session, we explore the ways in which exposure to client growth, positive approaches to the work of trauma, and targeted self-care strategies can be used to prevent the negative effects of vicarious traumatic exposure as well as promote vicarious posttraumatic growth.

  • Attendees will develop an in-depth understanding of the possible positive and negative vicarious responses to the work when clinically engaging with people who have had traumatic exposure. Covered topics will include burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma as well as compassion satisfaction, vicarious resilience, and vicarious post traumatic growth.
  • Attendees will explore and examine the ways in which practitioners can employ targeted self-care strategies that can mitigate the potential deleterious effects of working with people who have experienced a traumatic exposure.By avoiding the potential negative outcomes of trauma work, practitioners can better serve the clients with whom they work.
  • Participants will develop strategies that promote growth, resilience, and benefit finding in the work and that move beyond simply mitigating the potential negative impacts of working with individuals who have experience a traumatic exposure. Attendees will explore how this knowledge and approach can be discussed in session, modeled for clients, and presented as an additional lense through which to view and deal with traumatic exposure.

Speaker(s):

  • Debra G. Hyatt-Burkhart, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Program Practices, Duquesne University
  • Eric W. Owens, PhD, Associate Professor, Department Chair, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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