When the Personal is Professional:  Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

When the Personal is Professional: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma



Event Details

 CCMH_LI_Logo_blues_on_white Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education for Professionals


Date: February 7, 2020

Facilitator: Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW

This training is suitable for:

Educators: Teachers, ECE, School Administration, Support Staff

Mental Health  Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, psychologists, social workers

First Responders: Police, Firefighters, Paramedics

Medical Professionals: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Family Doctors

Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers

Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, social Workers


Description: Not feeling “yourself” at work or at home? Intrusive thoughts or challenging emotions? You may be affected by vicarious trauma, a common experience among clinicians, direct service workers, and advocates.  

This interactive 1-day workshop will take an in-depth look at vicarious trauma, how it develops and manifests on personal and professional levels, and strategies to address it.  Practical information is further developed through discussion, self-reflection exercises, and group activities, using an intersectional lens. 

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring your water bottle.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand various factors that can contribute to vicarious trauma
  • Develop a coherent understanding of how survival parts are formed through trauma, and how these parts operate when activated in the workplace
  • Normalize working through countertransference related to vicarious trauma
  • Learn about low impact debriefing techniques
  • Explore resiliency based strategies and challenges to self-care


  • When

  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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