Managing Vicarious Trauma in Groupwork

Date: 08-Nov-2019

Blacktown, NSW - Blacktown RSL - Friday, 8th November from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Following on from “Vicarious Trauma: Could it happen to you?“ this workshop focuses on the group process and dynamics involved when the group facilitator, the clients, or both, have been impacted by vicarious trauma. In this one-day workshop the following areas will be covered:

  • As a group leader, how do you effectively facilitate a group where participants are suffering from VT?
  • How do group leaders who have personally experienced VT effectively facilitate a group? Is our personal experience a hindrance or a help?
  • What do group leaders need to do to protect themselves from taking on the vicarious trauma that the group is holding?

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Become more knowledgeable about working in a trauma informed way in a group setting
  • Be able to look at and hold a personal experience while also holding the group
  • Identify when there is the need to self-protect and learn a variety of self-care methods to keep the trauma present in the room where it can be attended to.

Suitable for: Counsellors and/or group workers working in the field of trauma or those who are interested in this area of work and the impact that vicarious trauma can have on the helping professions.

When: Friday, 8th November 2018 from 9.30am-4.30pm 

Where: Blacktown RSL, Second Ave, Blacktown NSW 2148  

Cost: The early bird booking is $275.00 if registration occurs before 8th October (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 8th October is $330.00 (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: Toni Hubble

Toni has worked in the group work field for 20 years. Throughout this time frame her fields of work have varied extensively. Pertaining to Vicarious Trauma, Toni hase been appreciative to be involved in, amongst other areas of work, two distinct areas of trauma. The first working with Vietnam veterans co-facilitating a 5 day live in program with veterans and their wives. The second area currently involves with is working with Forgotten Australians and the impact institutional life and childhood trauma has had on them throughout their lives. Combat trauma and childhood trauma and both very different and similar at the same time. The resulting impact on the aging adult is profound and weighs heavily on the outcomes for the person post the trauma events.She has been able to both see and feel the impact that working in the trauma field can have on an individual worker and the organisation that is supporting the worker. These experiences have not only allowed for continuous growth in her own group work but has also led to an avid enthusiasm to try to understand the way people engage with others.


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