Dear Registered Participants,

We are really looking forward to your attending the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training.  We want to provide information, discuss some logistics, answer questions you may have, and ask you to fill out a pre-training survey.

The Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training has been provided since 1999 for professionals who work with the traumatized.  Here is some information to help make it a valuable and revitalizing experience for you:

It is important for us to mention that this training asks a lot in terms of participants’ willingness to look honestly at how they engage in their work and how their work has affected them.  This training is definitely not three days of lecture style lessons.  Much of the value, and the training’s intensity, comes from the experiential elements.  If our mentioning this raises any questions or concerns, please give us a call.  As a separate but related matter, we strongly recommend that you have necessary coverage and back-up in place, so you can participate without being interrupted by calls from your office or clients.  As hard as this can be to arrange, it really helps people be fully available for the training.  Also, please know that the training builds unit by unit, so the strong expectation is that participants will be present for the full three days.

Unlike many trainings on vicarious trauma which mostly only offer stress management hints, the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training aims to be more comprehensive.  This means the training explores the personal consequences of your work from a wide variety of perspectives.  We sincerely hope that every one of the ten training units has a powerful impact on each participant.  Perhaps it is more realistic, though, to say the ten units represent a menu of different ideas and approaches.  Some units will speak more powerfully or effectively to different participants.


Please plan to get to the training site by 8:30am to check-in; we will begin at 9am.  The training day will end around 4:30pm.  The third day sometimes goes a little later (by maybe 15 minutes).  Lunches will be provided by VitalHearts on all three days.  If you have any special food requirements or allergies, please contact us so that we may accommodate you.  We also supply drinks and snacks for breaks and something to help you get started in the morning.

Below is a link to the Pre-Training Questionnaire.  Please fill this out and bring it with you on the first day.  The Questionnaire, in particular, serves a number of purposes.  It can, for one thing, help focus your thoughts towards the benefits you hope to receive from the training.  Also, we will be doing a follow up evaluation, a month after the training, and would like to measure the effect of the training relative to the items you mark on this questionnaire.  Code numbers to preserve anonymity will be assigned at the training.

Another word about this Pre-training Questionnaire:  Our evaluation data informs us that individuals who report more than a few stress reactions find the training of greatest impact.  And we also have found the converse, that people who endorse only one or two secondary stress reactions tend to not find it as fully impactful as other participants.  This is not said to dissuade anyone from attending but to suggest in preparing for the training people ask themselves if this is the right time in their career to participate in the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training.  Call us to discuss this if you would like.

A final comment:  we think participation in the Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training truly honors the importance of the work you do.  We look forward to sharing this training with you.  We hope you find these three days adding to your personal and professional resiliency.

Best regards,

The Trainers of VitalHearts | The Resiliency Training Initiative

Pre-Training Preparation