Becoming a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization

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April, 2021

Vicarious Trauma is a term that identifies the emotional residue of exposure that providers have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and becoming witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured (Perlman & Saakvitne, 1995). It can have a negative impact on a provider both personally and professionally. The impact varies from feeling “burned out” and unmotivated — all the way to feeling a sense of overall hopelessness and pessimism about their work…