Dealing with Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma refers to the indirect exposure to traumatic events through a close relationship with someone who has directly experienced trauma.
This can lead to changes in an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, like those experienced by the person directly impacted by the trauma. This can occur in professionals who work with trauma survivors, such as therapists, crisis responders, or social workers, and can have negative impacts on their mental and emotional well-being over time.
This fact sheet explains what Vicarious Trauma is; how it differs from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); the effects on a person's mental and emotional wellbeing; recognising the signs and symptoms of it; strategies to manage it and prevent it fromf occurring; and the importance of self-awareness, boundaries and self-reflection.