A part of the AccentCare Community Education Series

Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Its Path Toward Resilience

December 13, 2022 | 12:00 PM CT

This course is eligible for one hour of CE/CME for MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, LPNs, LVNs, Social Workers, and Long Term Care Administrators.

There is great challenge and reward in any career in human services. At times, the challenge can become too much, and professional caregivers can be overwhelmed by their own personal responses to this work.
It is important that professional caregivers recognize the impact of their work and the trauma that they experience vicariously as a result of this work. Vicarious trauma is one issue that professional caregivers face, which can lead to a change in the quality of care, feelings of burnout and compassion fatigue, and negative impact on their personal lives.
With knowledge and self-awareness, professional caregivers may alleviate these impacts and potentially tap into the power of vicarious resilience. While systemic and organizational change are important parts of the response to vicarious trauma of professional caregivers, there are individual skills that can be developed in building resilience, connecting to vicarious resilience, and promoting preventative measures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.
  • Participants will be able to describe elements of vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience, and identify how they impact professional caregivers.
  • Participants will develop a plan for individual-level response to their own vicarious trauma, using the vicarious resilience framework.
  • Participants will appraise their work settings for opportunities to incorporate a more trauma-informed practices and cultivate a trauma-responsive environment.



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Dr. Heather Wagner, MT-BC, FAMI

Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC is a music therapy educator, clinician, and supervisor with 25 years of experience. She is an assistant professor and coordinator of the music therapy program at Southern Connecticut State University. She has extensive clinical experience with children and adults in medical, rehabilitation, and mental health settings, focusing on integrative approach to health and recovery. She has written, presented, and taught on many aspects of trauma-informed care, with an emphasis on resilience and vicarious resilience. Heather is a fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery and is a Bonny Method of Guided and Imagery trainer-in-training. She has a long history of service to the American Music Therapy Association both nationally and regionally, and coordinates Connecticut State Task Force advocacy and state recognition efforts.

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AccentCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: P0355

AccentCare is approved to offer select CME listed on this page via the American Academy of Family Physicians.

AccentCare is approved to offer select Long Term Care Administrator credit listed on this page via the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.