New OFA Training Available on Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma can occur when indirectly exposed to another person’s trauma through images or verbal, written stories; it is an occupational challenge for people working in victim services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and human services. Individuals who experience vicarious trauma may develop a shift in their world view and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Organizations with staff experiencing vicarious trauma may face higher instances of staff turnover, absenteeism, and reduced work quality. Developed as a resource for the Online Work Readiness Assessment, this August 2020 training session defined vicarious trauma, identified its common symptoms, and offered strategies for organizations and workers to address vicarious trauma.
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