Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Individuals


Secondary stress—sometimes called “vicarious trauma”—affects human services professionals who work with high-conflict, multi-problem clients with histories of trauma. This workshop uses the framework of interpersonal neurobiology to provide fresh language for understanding a form of toxic stress unique to those who care for trauma survivors. The workshop increases participants’ “brain literacy” and self-awareness, deepens their understanding of the costs and benefits of the work, enhances their capacity for resilience, and promotes development of a flexible personal strategy, so that they become more effective as service providers.

Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Teams


In stressful times it’s healthy to take stock of strengths and build up resilience as a team. Authentic social connection is a powerful antidote. Current research in interpersonal neurobiology yields important lessons about how teams can cope effectively with toxic stress, including interrupting reactivity, reframing negative thought patterns, understanding the brain-heart-gut dialogue, and building authentic connections with co-workers. Enhancing resilience in the workplace leads to improved morale and productivity.

Clinical Ethics, Boundaries, and Intercultural Awareness

neuron-305772_1280This interactive workshop will help participants identify and manage ethical dilemmas that emerge in human services practice, including case management, social work, alcohol and drug treatment, and mental health treatment. Using video, reflective exercises, and small and large group discussions, the workshop reviews distinctions between values and ethics and provides a collaborative model for applying critical thinking to the resolution of a range of common clinical ethical dilemmas.