DVassist Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

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This short online course provides learners with information and activities to explore the impact of working directly with those effected and impacted by family and domestic violence.

It is well known that frontline workers can be uniquely impacted in a range of ways and burnout is considered an occupational health and safety issue.

Who is this course for?

The workshop is for FDV practitioners, professionals, frontline staff or other staff who support people with experiences of psychological trauma.

Learning outcomes:

  • Differentiate between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Recognise the symptoms of vicarious trauma for those who work alongside clients with experiences of psychological trauma
  • Identify individual and organisational vicarious trauma management strategies

The course includes a video, Amy Cunningham’s Ted Talk and the DVassist workshop reflections and we recommend that you download the workbook before watching the video.


This online course will take you approximately 1 hour to complete, including the video, Amy Cunningham resource and workshop reflections.  You can complete the online course in one sitting or at intervals when it is convenient for you. You have unlimited access.

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