Mental health professionals, medical staff, social workers, drug alcohol workers and solicitors are routinely exposed to high levels of psychological trauma when supporting their clients. This work can have an impact on their psychological health and is often cumulative. Over time it can lead to mental health difficulties, with the associated human and financial cost of sickness absence and low staff retention. At times, staff report that trauma they encounter at work re-triggers personal experiences of trauma or distress in their own lives.
This training aims to raise awareness of the risks of vicarious trauma to health and social care staff and to equip workers with ideas and strategies to prevent it from occurring. It will be delivered using information sharing and group discussions with the aim of supporting each worker to begin to identify practical ideas to prioritise their own wellbeing at work.