“PREVENTING AND HEALING SECONDARY TRAUMA OF PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS WITHIN HELPING ORGANIZATIONS”
– 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
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
VI. Cultural Expressions of Grief and Bereavement in Life and Work
VII. Demonstration of Peer Support/ Debriefing Process
VIII. A Grief Assistance Program Model for Addressing Trauma at Work and First Steps for Your Organization
X. Group Discussion/ Closure and Evaluation