New OFA Training Available on Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma can occur when indirectly exposed to another person’s trauma through images and/or verbal or 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 experience a shift in world view and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Organizations with staff experiencing vicarious trauma may experience higher instances of staff turnover, absenteeism, and reduced work quality. Developed as a resource for the Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA), this on-demand August 2020 training session defines vicarious trauma, identifies its common symptoms, and offers strategies for organizations and workers to address vicarious trauma.
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