This online training is made up of two 2¼ hour sessions with a 15-minute break. This training will be on Wednesday(s) 15 & 22 May 2024, from 1.30 pm – 3.45 pm each day.

Vicarious Trauma

This course is for those working with services users who have mild to severe mental health problems or who may be known to be survivors of any kind of trauma.

Course Outline

Vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of bearing witness to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured. Vicarious trauma may worsen following repeated exposure; exacerbated by presenting a calm façade whilst hearing repeatedly about violence. Sometimes it is known as secondary trauma. Vicarious trauma is not the same as “burnout”, which is job-related chronic stress that has built up over time.


To explore the participants understanding of vicarious trauma, its causes, effects and the ways for individuals and organisations to prevent it from happening.

  • To explore the common responses when listening to explicit accounts of human suffering or trauma
  • To explore all of the ways that the symptoms of vicarious trauma present themselves
  • To highlight both the risk and the protective factors
  • To understand the opportunities that individuals and organisations can prevent Vicarious Trauma
  • To reflect on the reasons why do we do this work
  • To explore and emphasise self-care


Emily Steedman has over 13 years’ experience of working with Health in Mind. Currently she is a Project Worker with the Trauma Support Services. Emily has a keen interest and passion for using creative tools to foster collective advocacy and raise awareness of the difficulties and barriers faced by people affected by trauma. She has an MSc in Community Education and many years of experience facilitating workshops.

Terms and conditions

This online course will be delivered through Zoom.

Training bookings are processed through Stripe which accepts all major debit and credit cards.

If you need to cancel your booking and give more than 30 days’ notice, we will refund 50% of your fee. There is a non-refundable administration fee of £5 for cancellations and refunds. If due to unforeseen circumstances we have to change the course date, and it is not suitable for you, we will refund 100% of the payment.

This course will run once we have reached the minimum number of participants to make it viable. If the course has to be re-scheduled for this reason, we will refund your full fee if you can’t make the new date.