Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has been contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to deliver Vicarious Trauma Training to Department staff in 2018-2019 as a complement to their new employee wellbeing and support program. The Department is committed to providing employees with access to a range of supports that promote health and wellbeing and ensure that employees are psychologically safe.
Vicarious trauma is the cumulative impact of prolonged and repeated exposure to the stories and experiences of pain, trauma and stress endured by others. Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for any organisation supporting clients who are experiencing change, adversity, trauma and violence. Given the nature of the Department’s work which includes child protection, housing and disability, the general workload demand and the recent Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report, it was identified that all DHHS employees should have access to best practice vicarious trauma training.
As an organisation which employs clinical practitioners in service provision to a range of community audiences, RAV is familiar with the case complexities that this work can involve. RAV’s awareness of the needs of clients and the indirect influence these can have on staff outcomes and wellbeing has influenced the development and delivery of this training.
RAV is providing half-day workshops to frontline staff, clinical staff and/or leaders, supervisors and managers within DHHS. The learning outcomes for training participants will be to:
RAV will deliver up to 60 Vicarious Trauma Training sessions to DHHS staff in 2018 and 2019, with sessions to be provided in all regional and metropolitan areas across the state.
Vicarious Trauma professional development workshops can also be delivered to workplaces on site at times suitable to organisations and their staff.
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