Sustaining Joy In Our Practice: Understanding Risks of Vicarious Trauma and Fostering Resilience A one-day training workshop with Dr Gertie Quitangon and Dr Mark R. Evces London, 9 November 2017 (Thursday) 10:00am - 5:00pm
Around the world, therapists experience secondary trauma exposure in the process of empathic engagement with clients. Vicarious trauma, or lasting negative changes in beliefs about the self, the world, and others, is an inadvertent response to such secondary trauma exposure. This emotional residue of exposure that we have, when we hear narratives of pain, fear and terror – has the potential to have debilitating effects on our health and productivity. Without a conscious cognizance of such risks, our responses to vicarious trauma can include: disruption of positive beliefs in trust, intimacy, safety, self-esteem and control decreased work productivity cynicism and loss of meaning at work poor work-life boundaries health issues including depression, eating disorders, loss of sleep and anxiety disorders diminished feelings of satisfaction and personal accomplishment avoidance of work with severely traumatized clients withdrawal and isolation from colleagues over-involvement in details and obsessive-compulsive manifestations At this practical and engaging workshop by Dr Gertie Quitangon and Dr Mark R. Evces, we consider specific ways in which individual therapists and organizations can address vicarious trauma. We look at case studies, vicarious trauma theory and practical, individualized tools that are aimed at early recogntion of vicarious trauma and the development of effective safeguards. Specifically, we look at: the nature of resilience required to combat vicarious trauma post-traumatic growth and the positive effects of working with trauma victims best practices for promoting resilience that can be used in both individualized and organizational settings About the speakers Gertie Quitangon, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and core faculty of the NYU Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She is the Director of Psychiatry at Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve low income and underserved populations in New York City. Her work on vicarious trauma and resilience is her passion project and has been published and presented in local and international conferences. Mark R. Evces, PhD is a psychologist in private practice and co-editor, with Gertie Quitangon, MD, of Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience, published by Routledge Press. His practice includes a focus on fostering resilience in organizations and individuals in the helping professions. Dr. Evces is a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Workshop Schedule 9:45AM: Registration 10:00AM: Session 1: Vicarious Trauma We examine the origins and impact of vicarious trauma and assess our own levels of burnout and vicarious trauma: Recognizing vicarious trauma vs. burnout and secondary traumatization Understanding the development of vicarious trauma Identifying risks associated with vicarious trauma Assessing burnout 11:45AM: Session 2: Resilience We explore resilience as an active process of thriving and developing for professionals who work with trauma: Defining resilience Understanding the process of positive transformation and empowerment through empathic engagement with clients Juxtaposing protective factors promoting vicarious resilience and risk factors for developing vicarious trauma Illustrating characteristics of resilient clinicians 1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 1:00PM: Session 3: Workplace Mental Health Promotion and Safety We discuss pragmatic organizational approaches promoting resilience to achieve positive individual and organizational outcomes: Providing vicarious trauma risk assessment and resilience training Creating professional support and protected time for trauma informed supervision Redefining quality of care to establish a strong culture of safety Including worker mental health in organizational mission and vision 3:00PM: Coffee Break 3:15PM: Session 4: Best Practices for Promoting Resilience We consider tools for developing individualized resilience plans: Identifying pathways to resilience Engaging in mindful exercises Creating a personal resilience checklist Demonstrating the 3 Good Things exercise and the WISER study 4:30PM: Plenary Discussion 5:00PM: Close

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