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HR workshop on secondary trauma, how to handle impact

UNCG Human Resources offers a workshop on secondary trauma and how to handle the impact on faculty and staff. This workshop will take place on November 8, at 2 pm in Bryan 113. For more information, please visit https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44012470.

Vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress or compassion fatigue, trauma exposure response, and burnout are “all forms of stress that may affect those working in ‘helping’ professions, because their work involves direct exposure to other’s trauma.” (Phoenix, 2014) Often, vicarious trauma refers to a changing in someone’s worldview and secondary traumatic stress refers to the emotional duress an individual experiences as the result of working with someone who has experienced violence. These changes can result in a shift in ideals and have a negative effect on work with students, supervisors, or even the institution at large. In order for campus staff to continue to provide trauma informed, timely, and appropriate care for students, employees must have the opportunity to find support and practice their own self-care.

This interactive presentation will highlight the importance of recognizing and responding to personal experiences with vicarious trauma as well as implementing approaches for prevention. The facilitators will identify obstacles to a healthy self-care plan as well as resources for staff to use including methods of self-care and ideas for vicarious trauma prevention.

Instructors: Kathryn Vance, Title IX Investigator, Chancellor’s Office, and Lauren Rivenbark, Counselor for the Campus Violence Resource Center.