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Working through burnout

We often see two roads for staff experiencing professional ‘burnout’ in the helping sector. One common, but dangerous, path is for staff members to continue to work despite experiencing the current effects of professional and emotional burnout; the other is to ‘work through the burnout’ – as in, working it out. 721 more words

Child Protection

Death of Their Ex- Thinking about your needs in the vicarious trauma of suicide

“I loved her more than anyone!” he cried out, sobbing, shaking in my arms as we lay in bed. Whilst I felt sad that I could not ease his pain, I also wondered whether he would ever say or feel that, about me…. 4,226 more words

Current Partners Ex Killed Themselves

Vicarious Trauma

My first experience with vicarious trauma that I can recall, was September 11, 2001. I was in 4th grade and lived no where near New York City. 580 more words

Vicarious trauma in domestic violence; Effect of emotional abuse versus physical abuse

New research was published by the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland showing that children who grew up watching their parents being abused had similar reductions in future psychological wellbeing to those who were, themselves, abused. 165 more words

Mental Health

Biological proof for vicarious trauma

New research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, published less than a month ago, has found scientific evidence of second-hand anxiety, or what some call “vicarious trauma.” When participants were primed with videos of other people being subjected to electric shocks, they displayed more fear – in physiological measures, brain activity, and self-report – than those who did not, especially when the participants were given a pharmaceutical that blocks the opioid system, the part of the brain that integrates and updates its expectations. 33 more words

Mental Health

No Get Well Card

No get well card

because they can’t see your pain

Trapped inside

Thoughts unwelcome

No get well card

because “you’re not really ill.”

Should have rested more… 332 more words


When Trauma Hits: Thinking about 9/11, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

What It’s All About: Trauma

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and on the anniversary of September 11th, it seems appropriate for me to write a blog about… 1,157 more words