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“PREVENTING AND HEALING SECONDARY TRAUMA OF PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS WITHIN HELPING ORGANIZATIONS” 

To discuss or schedule a workshop, please email viccompher@comcast.net or call 267-266-0842.

SUMMARY
Because of professional caregivers’ frequent or dramatic exposures to their clients’/ patients’ emotional or physical traumas or deaths, secondary trauma (aka compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma) often occurs.  Grief, self-blame, and lack of organizational or community support can intensify symptoms and problems on the job. This supportive workshop assists professional caregivers, including supervisors and administrators, to recognize and to address symptoms of secondary trauma. Workshop participants learn creative ways to enhance self-care and to create intentional structures of peer and organizational support that are appropriate to the culture of the agency.

 

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OBJECTIVES:

– To become conscious of the manifestations of secondary trauma, aka compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma in the work place when loss and trauma occur on the caseload.

– To recognize the symptoms of secondary trauma and phases professional grief in the workplace

–To learn how to provide competent peer support (in pairs and groups within
agencies) that will promote bereavement assistance for staff and clients.

–To explore useful organizational structures that facilitate professional support and development

OUTLINE OF WORKSHOP

I. Introductions, Purpose of Workshop, Learning Needs of Participants

II. Rachel: An Interview with a Social Worker Confronting Death on her Caseload

III.  Workshop Version:  CAREgivers film with discussion

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IV. The Journey of Bereavement in Life and Work

V. Discussion of Participants’ Experiences with STS and/or Maria’s Letter about Secondary Trauma, Professional and Personal Recovery

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VI. Cultural Expressions of Grief and Bereavement in Life and Work

VII. Demonstration of Peer Support/ Debriefing Process

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VIII. A Grief Assistance Program Model for Addressing Trauma at Work and First Steps for Your Organization

X. Group Discussion/ Closure and Evaluation

 

Contact Caregivers Film | email: viccompher@comcast.net | phone: 267-266–0842 |