Organizational Prevention of Vicarious Trauma
It is easy to identify our immediate responses to a traumatic event in our lives - we may be shocked, saddened, or hurt. Indirect or vicarious trauma can be much harder to identify, but it can carry a significant impact.
In the homeless services field, we are constantly in communication with people who have experienced a range of personal traumatic events. Their experiences are often very powerful and impact their emotions as well as ours. Over time, vicarious exposure to trauma can have a profound effect and - like burnout - is a leading contributor to staff turnover.
This articles provides information about the effects of vicarious trauma and how an organization may help its staff to buffer the potential impact.
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Alliance for Children and Families