In the most recent version of the DSM-5, providers repeatedly exposed to details of abuse are included in the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Beyond vicarious and secondary trauma, this highlights the real risk providers face of developing PTSD like symptoms themselves when mired in the duty of supporting those recovering from traumatic experiences.
In this workshop, we will propose differing perspectives on the cause of vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout, and will propose ways to conceptualize healing and lasting recovery.
This workshop will begin with a simple experiential practice involving yoga, conversation with fellow participants, and journaling. We'll then move on to discuss theoretical concepts, and identify common ways vicarious trauma manifests in the mind and body. We will then discuss how to both prevent and treat vicarious trauma, as well as increase clinician's resilience via self-care (as opposed to self-service), connection, and healthy distance. We will close with a discussion of each provider’s experience, and support each participant in leaving with a simple self-care map that meets needs identified during our lecture and discussion. The session will end with a guided meditation with the use of directed mindfulness (Ogden, 20)
This workshop will include Assessment; Vicarious Resilience; Yoga; Ventral vagal response (animal therapies); Perspective-taking, Worldview, Healthy Distance and boundaries, Comedy, light-hearted activities, play; Top 5 regrets of the Dying; "Heavies" (both alters and our own); The value of self care versus the notion of self-service; The use of the Window of Tolerance for the clinician.
Connect PTSD symptoms with self-care practices
Discern self-care and self-service
Identify specific aspects of deep self-care that help connect them to meaning in work and in life.
Adapt skills presented into practical applications
Utilize techniques in order to maintain positive self-care