Vicarious Trauma Training

“We are talking about the ways in which the world looks and feels like a different place to you as a result of you doing your work… ….and the transformation that takes place within us as a result of exposure to the suffering of other living beings.”

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

What is Vicarious Trauma?

  • An inevitable part of any role that involves witnessing or working with the impacts of other people’s pain
  • Changes the way we see ourselves, the work and our world
  • Not about personal weakness or a lack of resilience
  • Can be safely managed on an individual level through targeted self care and self awareness
  • Can be safely managed on a team and organisational level by creating a culture of support and vigilance using tactics such as supervision, monitoring, debriefs and boundary setting

What I do

I facilitate a participatory learning workshop where frontline workers increase their knowledge of Vicarious Trauma, build understanding and create plans to manage the impact of their work on a personal and team level.

Who is this suitable for?

Session content will be adapted to fit your sector or industry.
Scroll down for an example of my work in midwifery.

If you’re interested in training to address and manage Vicarious Trauma where you work, contact me on

My approach is informed by:

  • Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s work at the Trauma Institute
  • My experience of delivering Vicarious Trauma Training to a range of frontline professionals, including nurses and midwives, lawyers and paralegals working on cases of historic child sexual abuse, care workers in secure psychiatric units, frontline domestic violence advocates, social workers and prison officers.
  • The award-winning holistic Workplace Vicarious Trauma Management Plan developed by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia which, during my time working there helped me to offset the impacts of a decade of trauma-based work in ways I didn’t realise were possible.
  • Every worker who has shared the personal impacts of their work during a workshop or training session.

Current Training:

“Bearing Witness: Midwifery, Vicarious Trauma and You

Collaborating with midwife, PhD candidate and advocate Holly Morse, I developed this immersive and interactive one-day Vicarious Trauma Awareness workshop specifically for midwives, midwifery students and other birth workers.

The training workshop includes:

  • Historical context, clinical definitions and practical examples
  • Identifying impacts of the work in brain, mind and body
  • Monitoring skills for everyday management
  • Identifying, managing and limiting your impacts
  • The cycle of birth trauma, midwifery and VT
  • Action plans for organisational and individual commitments
  • Practical skills for creating (and maintaining!) self care plans

This sessions has been delivered to over a hundred practicing midwives and student participants in hospitals, birth centres, Community Midwifery teams, universities, health boards and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) branches, including at:

  • Midwives and Midwifery students at Swansea University
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
  • Powys Teaching Health Board
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwalladr Health Board

Please contact if you are interested in booking a Bearing Witness workshop.