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A Series on Vicarious Traumatization.
A series about the impact of traumatic experiences.
Item No.: VI08
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86 minutes.
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A Series on Vicarious Traumatization

All of the trauma work that we do, hour after hour, day after day, week after week, contributes to inner changes in the self of the therapist. It's an inevitable part of the work...because we're entering into a very dark world, and if we're open emotionally, in the way we need to be to be effective helpers, we're going to be impacted.- Laurie Anne Pearlman

Vicarious traumatization-the cumulative impact of trauma clients' stories and reenactments-can carry enormous emotional costs for those working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This video series describes the pervasive effects of vicarious traumatization, and what can be done to counteract those effects, and seven clinicians specializing in trauma work relate their experiences with vicarious traumatization in very human terms.

Vicarious Traumatization I: The Cost of Empathy

Topics include the causes and definition of vicarious traumatization, the scope of the problem, contributing factors such as work context, social and cultural issues and client behaviors, effect on one's world view and self-capacities, effect on one's sense of self, effect on one's personal relationships, effect on one's ego resources, behavioral manifestations, alienation from colleagues, feelings of cynicism, despair, and hope.  46 minutes

Vicarious Traumatization II: Transforming the Pain

Topics include one's professional connection, supervision and consultation, advanced training, balance in one's work life,

organizational support, networking with others, making space to be human, physical activity, spirituality and social activism and personal therapy and VT consultation.  40 minutes

Complete Program "Vicarious Traumatization"  - Includes the 40-page Trainer's Guide with objectives, reproducible viewer outlines, review and discussion questions, a resource list, and a book chapter

The presenters include:

  • Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD is Director of Research at the Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy (TSI/CAAP). She is co-author with I. Lisa McCann of Psychological Trauma and the Adult Survivor (Brunner/Mazel, 1990), and with Karen Saakvitne of Trauma and the Therapist (WW Norton, 1995).
  • Karen W. Saakvitne, PhD is Clinical Director of TSI/CAAP. She specializes in psychoanalytic therapy with survivors of interpersonal trauma, and is co-author of Trauma and the Therapist.
  • Paul Adler, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Springfield, MA.
  • Denise Elliott, PhD is clinical psychologist, Director of the Center for Women's Development at HRI Hospital in Brookline, MA.
  • Richard Fournier, MDiv is the minister of the First Congregational Church in Springfield, MA and a pastoral counselor..
  • Chris Neiman, LICSW is a social worker specializing in chemical dependency and trauma at the Beacon Clinic in Greenfield, MA.
  • Anne C. Pratt, PhD is a forensic psychologist who practices at TSI/CAAP.
  • Sandy Streifender, MA is an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Middletown, CT.
  • Carol Thompson, MFT is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in East Lyme, CT.


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Violence Prevention: Dating Violence
Violence Prevention: Rape / Sexual Assault
Violence Prevention: Family Advocacy/DoD

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