connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Workshop: Vicarious Trauma

Psychological trauma can occur when a person is not able to cope with a distressing or overwhelming event, or process the emotions involved with their experiences.

Professionals including clinicians, frontline staff, supervisors and managers can experience vicarious trauma as a result of hearing about another person’s trauma and witnessing their associated distress. Over time, this work-related exposure to clients’ trauma can have a significant impact on professionals’ wellbeing.

This workshop will explore different types of trauma and how they can impact staff and organisations. Factors that enhance and undermine resilience will be discussed. We will also outline strategies that you can use to manage vicarious trauma and maintain your wellbeing at work.


You will gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the nature and impact of vicarious trauma
  • understand that vicarious trauma is not a sign of weakness, but that it’s a normal human response that can occur after exposure to other people’s trauma
  • identify tools for monitoring your own and others’ personal and professional wellbeing
  • identify strategies to reduce your risk, and the risk of others, of experiencing vicarious trauma
  • recognise the signs and symptoms that may indicate when vicarious trauma is affecting wellbeing and work
  • incorporate practices that support resilience and sustainability into work routines.

Ideal for

Frontline staff, clinical staff, leaders, supervisors and managers.

About the presenter

Karen Holmes is the Senior Manager Training and Development at Relationships Australia Victoria. She has qualifications in psychology, business administration, training and assessment and youth work, and over 20 years’ experience working with a range of clients in the social services sector. Karen is also a skilled training facilitator, with extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering training programs and workshops in the not-for-profit, health and education sectors.



  • RAV Training and Development
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • RAV can deliver this training on site at times suitable to organisations and their staff. - To be advised
  • No dates are currently set. Please see the course description above or contact the centre directly for upcoming dates.
  • One-day workshop from 9:30am to 4pm.
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