Why do care-providers need this help?

Secondary or vicarious trauma is a significant, although hidden problem for those in our society who treat the traumatized.  The deep exposure to all the suffering afflicting their patients or clients multiplied case after case, has the likely effect of traumatizing care-providers.  They suffer an accretion of exposure to the traumas, many of them violent or life-threatening, suffered by those they treat.  That, in turn, diminishes care-provider effectiveness, creates compassion fatigue, and shortens tenure.  The healers need healing. 

What is vicarious trauma?
Our program, the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training, addresses the difficult life consequences commonly experienced by those professionals who treat the emotionally traumatized.  This second hand exposure has the likely affect of traumatizing care-providers.  The task these care-providers perform is not just difficult.  It is ultimately treacherous giving such compassionate care in the face of unremitting affliction and suffering.  It leads to vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, co-victimization, emotional contagion, and finally compassion fatigue.  These are not problems which overtake less competent workers.  It is, ironically, those with the greatest capacity for feeling and expressing empathy who are most at risk for vicarious trauma. 

What is VitalHearts?

VitalHearts | The Resiliency Training Initiative is a non-profit (501-C-3) organization whose mission is caring for care-providers.

What is the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training?

The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training, revitalizes, often saves the careers of those who perform such critical healing work.  The training asks care-providers to honestly look at how their work has changed their lives.  The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training is an emotionally intense, unique and very needed three-day learning and revitalizingcaringrience. 

Who should attend the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training?

This training is absolutely relevant for professionals who work in any and all fields of high emotional trauma.  Attendees represent the unsung heroes who perform society’s most critical work. 

Why a three-day training?

The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training is a comprehensive approach to secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.  Attendees will not be handed a standardized list of self-care tips, instead they will examine secondary trauma from a full range of perspectives and will gain valuable self-support tools unique to them.  Our training changes the way care-providers process the trauma they encounter in their work.  This is a powerful experiential three days.  Professional effectiveness and job satisfaction will be increased.  These three days give participants enough time to unwind and really get it!