Dealing with the impact of secondary trauma and professional burnout for refugee caseworkers

Date: Friday 7 December 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Cambridge CB2 9NL
Event Fee:Base Price - FREE

To support the development of skills in prevention and management of secondary traumatic stress, professional burnout and vicarious traumatisation

This training workshop from Dzmitry Karpuk (Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (MSc), UKCP reg.) is for refugee caseworkers in the East of England to help them to prevent and manage secondary traumatic stress and professional burnout.

As a result of this training, participants will:
1. Develop an understanding of the main human reactions to Secondary Traumatic Stress, Professional Burnout and Vicarious Traumatisation (6 automatic distress reactions & main needs of those affected which will help to spot early signs of mental health issues).
2. Learn how to reduce own Secondary Trauma Stress & Professional Burnout Impact as well as develop an understanding of how to support colleagues affected by Vicarious Traumatisation (learn how to respond to distress reactions).
3. Be introduced to the basic skills of managing one’s own emotions and responses to clients’ emotional distress (simple tools that help to prevent further deterioration/impact and are designed for non-mental health professionals).
4. Learn how to address role conflicts (conflicting job demands) which also lead to Vicarious Traumatisation and Professional Burnout.
As professionals who are trained to care for others, we often overlook the need for personal self-care. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that professionals working with trauma clients are at high risk of being negatively impacted by their work, specifically developing Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Traumatisation.


This workshop offers a very gentle approach to address Secondary Trauma Impact & Vicarious Traumatisation with a focus on establishing awareness as well as learning how to prevent and manage this impact.  It is also worth noting that this workshop is experiential and group exercises will be offered. This means that participants learn by reflecting on the experiences they get from doing different exercises and learning accessible skills which can be applied immediately after this workshop.

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Cancellations, substitutions and transfers

This workshop is free of charge but anyone cancelling a place after 19 November without providing a substitute will be asked to pay a penalty fee of £50 plus VAT

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