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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Managing Vicarious Trauma: An Opportunity for Growth and Learning

Vicarious trauma is when we experience our own traumatic stress after encountering stories about the traumatic experiences of others, whether or not we have direct contact with them. Vicarious traumatic stress can be very unpleasant and even overwhelming, but is a natural and normal response to the suffering and stress of others. If you experience it, it probably means you are a healthy human being who has encountered the suffering of others, especially if you are in a position to help or influence their situation. In this workshop, we will explore how our experiences of vicarious trauma can drive meaningful personal and professional growth.


  • Understand what vicarious trauma is and why people experience it, well enough to casually explain to a friend over coffee.
  • Be convinced why vicarious trauma can be an opportunity for personal and professional growth, not just a risk to be managed or avoided.
  • Have developed tools (frameworks and skills) to promote personal and professional growth, including the growth of new and existing coping strategies, when working on cases involving refugee trauma and human suffering.

Note: Some people occasionally get errors when registering for our workshops. If this happens to you, please contact us and we will assist you: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au.

Joshua Hall
Clinical Psychologist/Trainer

This workshop is relevant to anyone working with traumatised people.

Registration: All registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the relevant ‘Register’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

Virtual workshop – Delivered via Zoom

Date: No dates currently planned

Standard – $80 | $60 concession
Note – there is a 5% late fee for registering after 8.30am the day before the event

Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. An administration fee of $30 applies to all cancellations made more than 14 days the day before the start of the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled 14 days or less the day before the start of the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. Registration cannot be transferred to another workshop. The concession price is for full-time students, seniors and the unemployed. A photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The deadlines for the early bird and standard prices cannot be extended. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9646 6700.

A certificate for the workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 1.0 (for the one-hour workshop)

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the ‘Request Training‘ page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

Email: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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