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Vicarious Trauma and Resiliency

Preparing for trauma exposure


Working with traumatized people can erode workers’ compassion and empathy as the shared experience of trauma becomes overwhelming. Resiliency refers to the ability to withstand the stresses and strains of life and work and have a strong capacity for adaptation. Resilient people tend to display certain personality traits, but in addition have robust daily practices that keep them mentally and physically strong. This class explores the problem of chronic unremitting stress on our overactive and distracted brains and offers a set of different skill sets for robust mental health that can be learned and practiced by anyone.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize warning signs of vicarious trauma

  • Examine key areas of physical health and active relaxation skills

  • Increase positive emotions and counter negative thinking

  • Addressing the “why” of caregiver work

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.ADC.143)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.297)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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