Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training

Agenda and Objectives


Unit 1: Introduction of Vicarious Traumatization
Objective:  To honor and bring awareness to the commonality of participants’ care-providing experiences; to foster an open and safe environment for participants to share their Secondary Traumatic Stresses.

Unit 2: A Normalized Appreciation of Secondary Traumatic Stress
Objective:  To help participants normalize their personal stress reactions; to reduce the shame some care- providers feel about suffering these consequences of their work; to bring awareness to how trauma is also a body-centered experience.

Unit 3: Attachment to the Outcome of the Work
Objective:  To help healthcare providers shift their work style away from an over-personalized involvement; to find less self-critical ways in which to perform this work.


Unit 4: Acknowledgement of Multiple Motivations: Why do you do what you do?
Objective:  To recognize how unexamined multiple motivations and sought personal growth benefits make healthcare providers vulnerable to vicarious trauma reactions.

Unit 5: Time Line Mapping of Careers
Objective:  To help providers understand their career history in order to invigorate their present work capacity; to appreciate what triggers their vicarious trauma reactions.

Unit 6: Empathy vs. Compassion
Objective:  To appreciate the costly misuse of empathy and teach care-providers to learn instead to work from a place of compassion.


Unit 7: Self-Care Plan
Objective:  To create a powerful self support tool for managing the stresses of caring for the traumatized.

Unit 8: Personal Resiliency Within Healthcare Organizations
Objective:  To appreciate how your organization supports its professionals and, regardless of its limitations, to understand the need for personal resiliency.

Unit 9: Tolerating My Great Worth
Objective:  To overcome barriers that keep providers from receiving the full measure of self esteem available from their work.

Unit 10: Trauma Service as a Life Path
Objective:  To appreciate the special human implications of caring for the traumatized