Managing Vicarious Trauma Workshop - Canberra, ACT

Date: 15-May-2018

Tuggeranong Community & Function Centre, Greenway ACT - Tuesday, 15 May 2018 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 


This new one-day workshop is for any staff who may be affected by the client’s accounts of distressing experiences to which they have been exposed or be affected by witnessing the impact on clients of these experiences. This could include staff working with the homeless, women and children escaping domestic violence; individuals with a psychiatric disorder and those who have been subject to torture. The training covers:

  • what is vicarious trauma;
  • how and why it occurs;
  • its possible effects and;
  • ways of preventing and managing it. 

The workshop is structured so that the participants move from one positive experience to another making the training enjoyable and interesting while at the same time examining and discussing important issues associated with good service provision and worker well-being. Detailed notes will be provided which will include a comprehensive reference list as well as links to a range of useful resources on the internet. At the end of the training the participants will: 

  • Have developed their understanding of vicarious trauma and developed their awareness of how to recognise it in themselves and in others;
  • Have learnt strategies to make it less likely that they will develop vicarious trauma and manage it as well as possible when it does occur;
  • Have developed their skills in supporting others who may be suffering from vicarious trauma while remaining in their role.

When: Tuesday, 15 May 2018 from 9.30am to 4.30pm  

Where: Tuggeranong Community & Function Centre, 245 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway ACT

Cost: The early bird booking is $242.00 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch are provided. 

To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

Facilitator: David Cherry 

David Cherry is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has been working for over 35 years. David has worked as a Family Court Counsellor and worked in residential care for 14 ½ years with children and young people who could not live at home because of concerns about abuse and neglect. David has extensive experience in preparing staff to cope in difficult working environments as well as in providing support for individuals and groups after difficult incidents. David was a volunteer with the Victorian SES for 4 years where he was involved in searches, body recovery and road crash rescue among other duties.



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