Recognizing And Managing Vicarious
Trauma And Compassion Fatigue In Providers
Consulting and training to help you create a trauma-effective workplace
Frontline professionals are highly skilled at helping people who have experienced trauma.
But their difficult and complex work can result in its own form of trauma in the provider. For example, if a counselor is treating soldiers who suffer from PTSD, she too may eventually develop symptoms of PTSD from the trauma she is exposed to while providing therapy. Some call it Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma or Compassion Fatigue.
A collective term for the consequent symptoms a
professional may have from helping others who have experienced trauma.
If your organization employs medical professionals, teachers, first responders, therapists or social workers, you need a way to help them deal with Provider Trauma. In addition to individual impact, your organization can experience negative impact as well.
Provider Trauma can result in:
- Decreased employee satisfaction
- Decreased productivity
- Low staff morale
- High turnover
- Professional burnout
- Poorer client outcomes
Create A Support System For Staff Members Dealing With Provider Trauma
The first step is recognizing that your team members may be impacted by vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress. The next step is to create a supportive, trauma-effective workplace that helps them get the help they need in working through this Provider Trauma.
A trauma-effective workplace
Build A Trauma-Effective Work Environment
- Create an environment that accepts, without judgment, that staff will be affected by their work
- Offer ongoing continuing education on the impact of traumae
- Establish clear protocols for support for employees experiencing Provider Trauma
I provide professional consulting services to help you build a trauma-effective work environment, beginning with an assessment and plan.
Start With An Assessment
I’ve created a Trauma Impact Assessment that uses proven instruments, data analysis, and qualitative study to evaluate policies and procedures, leadership engagement, and frequency and acuity of employee exposure to trauma.
You’ll receive a comprehensive report outlining strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to Provider Trauma so you can identify what you’re doing well and where you can improve.
Create A Plan
With my Trauma Effectiveness Plan, we will map out long-term strategies for achieving a trauma-effective workplace, as well as short-term wins to create immediate impact. Your Plan will include:
- Defined approaches
- Action Steps
- Available Resources
- Accountabilities specific to your situation.
The Plan also serves as an ongoing resource for measuring progress and periodic revision to ensure your organization continues to build upon its successes.
More custom consulting offerings can also be designed based on your specific needs.
Other consulting engagements include:
- Acute Incident Protocol Development
- Individual and Group Consultations
- Organization-Sponsored Individual Therapy for Affected Professionals
Ready to help your workplace become more effective in managing the impact trauma?
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