Resisting Vicarious Trauma with Collective Care

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Workers responding to people struggling with substance use, poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will ‘burn out’, and that it is the connection to the client’s pain that ‘traumatizes’ them; that is one perspective. Vikki offers another; she believes that “clients don’t harm us, nor does their suffering, it is the spiritual ethical pain that follows when we are unable to work in ways that are ethical, dignified and structurally supported. When we stay with connection, resist disconnection and enmeshment we are able to do ‘collective care’ as opposed to self-care.

We shoulder each other up by working in line with our collective ethics and enacting what is at the heart of our work. Bringing hope is an ethical response to despair, and we’ll consider how to keep a finger-hold on a believed-in-hope amidst the darkness of tragic death and mean-spirited politics. And that leads us to the ‘Zone of Fabulousness’, where the people we are here to serve are at the centre, and we are ‘walking our talk’ collectively.

Who should attend this workshop?

“Anyone who wants to be inspired by this world-class presenter”.


Vikki Reynolds

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an internationally renowned activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work & therapy.


Members: $200+ GST; Non-Members: $250+GST. Morning tea and lunch provided. Please advise of special dietary needs, or other needs when you register online.



More Information

Jagvir Singh, ph 9620 6172 or email

Event Code: WS02RVT

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