In-Person Training

Trauma Informed Self Care for Clinicians

AVAILABILITY: in-person and online
DURATION: 3 hours with 30 min break
TARGET AUDIENCE: Mental Health Practitioners who work with trauma presentations

Clinicians who work with people who have experienced trauma are at risk of developing vicarious trauma. In this practical workshop, Catherine describes research into vicarious trauma and its mitigation, and leads you through developing a detailed personal plan for self care, giving you time to reflect on your personal situation, and providing trauma informed strategies from EMDR therapy and somatosensory psychotherapy, along with practical tips from Catherine’s own experience as a trauma therapist in private practice.

Detailed Content Summary

Workshop Content

The workshop covers research and practice on vicarious trauma, including:

  • Vicarious trauma defined, and research on how all mental health workers are at risk
  • Risk and Protective Factors for complex trauma
  • Self-reflection on current workplace stress
  • Trauma-Informed Framework for Clinician Self Care
    • Workplace Strategies for Reducing Vicarious Traumatisation
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Time to Generate a Personal Plan

Workshop Activities

Participants are asked to self-assess their mental health at the moment, as they would do an Intake with a client for a mental health service.  This information is private to the participant, and includes:

  • Completing an Impact of Events Scale on their current most stressful workplace situation, and participants with a score greater than 29 (i.e. may meet criteria for PTSD) are advised to seek mental health support beyond this workshop.
  • Completing the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale for both Risk and Resilience Factors
  • Taking a detailed mental health history, including medial, relationship, trauma and bereavement history, as well as current stressors

During the workshop, participants are invited to take detailed notes and develop a personal self care plan incorporating aspects of the workshop, including:

  • A detailed assessment of current stressors
  • Developing a Self Care Plan outside work
  • Developing a Self Care Plan for work, including strategies for:
    • During sessions
    • General Workplace Approaches
    • Daily and Yearly plans
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