Vicarious Traumatization

Presented and developed by Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC

Vicarious Traumatization, Secondary Trauma, burn out.  Diminished feelings of satisfaction, blaming others, hopelessness, low motivation-working in the counseling profession has its own set of stressors.  Over time, therapists may notice that it becomes harder to listen to clients stories or even that they become "numb" to the details of their clients difficulties.  There are many symptoms that are known as the cost of working in the caring professions.  Once thought of as being a sign of incomplete clinical training, Vicarious Traumatization is now recognized as one of the possible experiences of hearing about "the worst of the worst" for a living.

This training will offer many theoretical view point on the topic.  Every theory has its own view on why we take our work home with us.  We will discuss how Psychoanalytic, Jungian, Narrative and Mindfulness based theories all have something to offer.  We will look at them in depth, as we take a day long look at what parts of our work eat away at us.

We will do three interactive activities during the training that will help put our learning into practice and you will find simple ways to release the stress of your work.  The techniques discussed can also be used in supervision and with clients.

Participants will:

  • Learn the signs of Vicarious Traumatization
  • Understand how different theoretical view point view Vicarious Traumatization
  • Explore how their clinical experiences impact them
  • Learn how to use narrative based questions
  • Problem-solve about challenging clinical examples.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.)   and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop.

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC received her training in clinical art therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development.  She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Over the past fifteen years, Rebecca has provided counseling, training and consulting services in the areas of youth and family services as well as adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  She has worked in diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic settings and strives to bring cultural competence into her work. 

Ms Bloom taught in the Art Therapy Program at Antioch University in Seattle for eight years and is currently studying with Pat Ogen's Sensorimotor Psycholtherapy Institute.  

Information about Rebecca's practice is available at:

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