By Laurie Pearlman, PhD
In this training, Dr. Laurie Pearlman will provide therapists and others who support trauma survivors with a framework for understanding the negative impact trauma work can have upon the helper. Such a framework allows helpers to protect themselves from premature job shifts and harmful shifts in their own world views, to protect their helping relationships from the boundary violations that can occur as a result of unaddressed vicarious traumatization (VT), and to preserve the personal relationships of trauma workers from the stress of the helper's unresolved work-related issues. Special attention will be paid to the process of vicarious transformation, a positive transformation in the helper that comes about through empathic engagement with the traumatized people they attempt to assist and active engagement with the negative changes in helpers that come about in response to trauma work. This is an intermediate course intended for practicing clinicians.