Vicarious [Secondary] Trauma Workshop
The vicarious trauma workshop is designed for researchers whose work engages them with the traumatic experiences of others. It aims to help researchers reduce the risk of vicarious traumatisation and manage the exceptional emotional demands this kind of research can place on them.
It is particularly relevant to research contexts including conflict, genocide, natural disaster, domestic violence, imprisonment, sexual abuse, and displacement, but is open to anyone who feels it might be useful. If you are in any doubt about whether this workshop would be suitable for you, please feel free to email the workshop leader Maureen Freed. She will be happy to think about this with you.
Researchers can attend before, during and/or after fieldwork. The workshop has two sessions, both sessions need to be attended:
Session 1 will introduce the phenomenon of vicarious trauma: how it develops, typical effects, and broad strategies to mitigate these effects
Session 2 will explore specific steps researchers can take to maintain personal and professional wellbeing before, during and after fieldwork.
The workshop runs termly
• have a deeper understanding of the process of vicarious traumatisation and how it relates to individual research
• be aware of a range of strategies and techniques to maintain personal and professional mental health
• form ongoing contacts to draw upon for support if required
Places are limited and will be offered to researchers from the Social Sciences Division as a priority.