Vicarious Trauma of First Responders
This presentation will focus on how vicarious trauma uniquely impacts first responders. The professional helping capacity of first responders involves going towards the scene of traumatic events and immediately helping the victims, without requiring help for themselves at the time. The unprocessed accumulation of such experiences and their aftermath is what uniquely forms the vicarious trauma of first responders. First responders are also continuously exposed to circumstances that put them at risk for further vicarious traumatization, which contributes to the importance of treatment. With these factors forming the foundation of this presentation, we will seek to formulate best practices for this special population, using peer reviewed research. This is especially relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many first responders in ways not seen in recent history. We will bring in examples, such as medical professionals, funeral workers, and nursing home attendants, whose job description required their presence at the very scene of the trauma; and that trauma has yet to end, making this presentation ever so timely.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in October 2021.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Recognize at least three factors indicating the presence of vicarious trauma in first responders
- Distinguish between personal trauma and vicarious trauma as it presents in first responders
- Organize a treatment plan to help first responders reduce the impact of their vicarious trauma
- 1.50 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 1.50 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
- 1.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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