The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.
Responding to Vicarious Trauma: Self-Care for Homelessness Service Providers
Thursday, August 11, 2011 | 1:30 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
We all need opportunities to step back, breathe, and think about how our work both challenges and enriches us on a daily basis. For people who work in the field of human services, experiences of intense fatigue and burnout are common. In addition to the stress of supporting others, managing paperwork, and meeting expectations, partnering with people who have experienced overwhelming and traumatic life events can be traumatizing for service providers.
This phenomenon, known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue, can have a significant impact on quality of life both at work and beyond. This webcast will explore the meaning of vicarious trauma, highlight risk factors and warning signs, and discuss strategies that individuals and organizations can use to support awareness, balance, and health. [SAMHSA News]