How To Prevent Vicarious Trauma

5 Foundational Tools You Can Use to Protect Yourself

As a Registered Psychologist who specializes in trauma, I regularly bear witness to difficult and painful stories. At the same time, I have found a number of ways to protect myself from becoming traumatized by the work I do every day. I have spoken with other helping professionals such as doctors and nurses, social workers, educators, and other therapists about how do we do this. How do we stand alongside the people we help and the sometimes horrifying situations they face without becoming traumatized ourselves?

In this course, I'll provide some information on the signs of vicarious trauma and how anyone who works in a helping field can be affected by it. Through a series of short videos you can complete within an hour, you'll receive 5 specific ideas to protect yourself from vicarious trauma. I’m hoping that by sharing what I’ve leaned it will contribute to a dialogue that continues even after today.

The effects of vicarious trauma can be physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. At the same time, there is reason for hope. The tools I'm sharing with you are evidence-based and I use them every week in my practice with clients.


Your Instructor


Nicole Perry
Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry is a Registered Psychologist whose approach is collaborative and feminist at its heart. She specializes shame resilience, setting boundaries, and healing trauma. Nicole understands that many of us are coping with overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame that keep us from believing we deserve good things, and works to guide her clients toward a more compassionate way forward. Nicole approaches her healing work with warmth and curiosity, and offers a safe container for working with difficult experiences.

Nicole provides counselling to individuals and groups in addition to her online courses, focused mainly in the LGBTQ* community in Edmonton.


Course Curriculum


  Overview of Vicarious Trauma
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  1: Notice the Signs
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  2: Orient to the Here and Now
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  3: Stay Curious
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  4: Set Boundaries
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  5: Let Go of Guilt & Shame
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Since the course is all pre-recorded, it starts as soon as you're ready! This mini-course is designed so that it can be completed within an hour (like you're attending a workshop with me :)), though you're welcome to spread it out over a longer period if you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 60 days - across any and all devices you own. Even though this sounds like a long time, I know how quickly it can fly by. My suggestion is that as soon as you register, mark it in your calendar when you're going to sit down for an hour and do the course. Don't wait until you have "extra time" - trust me, that day never comes!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I definitely don't want you to be unhappy with a course you've signed up for with me! In order to help prevent this, I've done as much as I can to be transparent about what's included in this mini-course so that there aren't any surprises once you sign up. I also encourage people who don't already know me to have a listen to some of the podcast interviews I've recorded over the years or read articles I've written in order to get a sense of my style and my take on burnout and trauma in order to make sure that we're a good match. I want you to be happy with the course and to feel like this is a full body yes! All that said, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 48 hours of your purchase and I will give you a full refund.
Is this therapy?
This mini-course is a non-interactive educational experience, which means it's not the same as therapy. It's not a substitute for therapy. If you find that the material brings up strong feelings or is connected with unprocessed trauma, I strongly encourage you to follow up with a therapist in your area. You may be able to find one through www.psychologytoday.com or www.therapyden.com (US only). At this time, I'm currently unavailable for new clients.

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