Identifying and Managing Vicarious Trauma in Client Work

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 101
Mar 13
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 101

Join us for a special training with Becky Smith, Social Worker in the Family and Immigration Unit of Bronx Legal Services. This training is designed for students who will be engaging in intensive pro bono and client work and aims to prepare students to work with clients who have experienced severe trauma.

Vicarious trauma is defined as trauma that can be experienced by an advocate or service provider when working with people who have experienced extreme suffering and/or hardship. Some of the symptoms of vicarious trauma are re-experiencing the trauma that a client experienced or the incitement of strong emotions or thoughts due to the experience they witnessed or learned about. This training will discuss the basics of vicarious trauma and prepare students to identify and manage it. The following topics will be discussed:

  • What is Trauma
  • The Context of Trauma & Migration
  • Trauma-Informed Interviewing Techniques for Immigration Advocates
  • Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Resiliency 

The workshop will look at vicarious trauma through the lens of immigration cases and issues, but we invite all students who are engaged in pro bono, clinic, externship, or summer work that involves client interaction to attend (domestic violence, homelessness, and family and children, etc.). Please RSVP to attend.

Hosted by SJI. Lunch will be served.