Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma

1.5 CPD Units in Practice Management/ Business Skills

Presenter:  Rebecca Abbott - Abbott Witness Services 
Chair:  Tim Dibden - Barrister and Solicitor and Member of the Well-being and Resilience Committee 

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Zoom Webinar 

As founding Director of Abbott Witness Services Rebecca provides preparation and support services to people who are required to appear in court.   She has supported witnesses and families giving evidence around the country with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. She is currently working with private clients and the Office for the National Commission of Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.  

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Social work from UniSA, a Graduate Certificate of Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling and a Masters of Social Work at Flinders University. She has worked at Victim Support Service, Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Services, DPP Witness Assistance Services and in funeral homes. For the past 14 years Rebecca has taught social work at both UniSA and Flinders University.  She is also currently a locum social worker at the SA Coroner’s office and 2 days per week at Southern Cross Care Health and Wellness Centre.

The exposure to trauma, loss and conflict is common in the course of a legal practise and may be confronting.   This may have a cumulative impact on their work capacity and personal lives.

The aim of a session on Vicarious Trauma is to raise awareness, encourage self-reflection and foster a supportive work environment and culture.    

The informal session will cover;

·         Raising awareness and valuing supportive workplace culture

·         Definitions – VT, compassion fatigue, burnout, stress

·         Nature of the work – impact of exposure to trauma, distress, conflict, loss

·         Signs

·         Looking after yourself; debriefing, support services, self-care, boundaries and resilience

·         Importance of self-awareness – valuing wellbeing for ethical practise

16/03/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
16/03/2021 10:00 AM


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