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Online Course: Vicarious Trauma

This online training is made up of two 2¼ hour sessions with a 15-minute break. This training will be on Wednesdays 27 October & 3 November 2021, from 2.15 to 4.30pm each day.

Vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of bearing witness to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endure. Vicarious trauma may worsen following repeated exposure; exacerbated by presenting a calm façade whilst hearing repeatedly about trauma or violence. Sometimes it is known as secondary trauma. Vicarious trauma is not the same as 'burnout', which is job-related chronic stress that has built up over time.


To explore the participants understanding of vicarious trauma, its causes, effects and the ways for individuals and organisations to prevent it from happening.

This course will enable participants to explore:

  • The common responses when listening to explicit accounts of human suffering or trauma.
  • All of the ways that the symptoms of vicarious trauma present themselves.
  • Both the risk and the protective factors
  • The opportunities that individuals and organisations have to prevent vicarious trauma.
  • The reasons why they do this work.
  • Peer debriefing
  • Self-care


Lindsay Irvine is an accredited counsellor, MBACP and freelance trainer. She has been working in various trauma support services for over ten years, including Health in Mind's Trauma Counselling services. Lindsay is qualified in Somatic Experiencing.

Terms and conditions

This online course will be delivered through Zoom.

Training bookings on Eventbrite are best paid for by credit or debit card using Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

If you need to cancel your booking and give more than 30 days’ notice, we will refund 50% of your fee. If due to unforeseen circumstances we have to change the course date, and it is not suitable for you, we will refund 100% of the payment.

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