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Understanding Vicarious Trauma and its Path to Resilience

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Recorded on Friday, November 18, 2022

Presented by Dr. Bina Parekh

When attended in full, offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists, 1.0 IL CEUs for Social Workers, or 1.0 BBS CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers.

Workshop Description:

Mental health professionals routinely provide care to individuals with significant trauma histories. The incessant responsiveness and empathic regard that is required when giving care to trauma clients can result in the therapist being traumatized as well. This presentation will focus on vicarious trauma and how it manifests both as burnout and compassion fatigue. An understanding of vicarious trauma will be discussed based on the seminal research of Pearlman & Saakitvne. Additionally, vicarious trauma will be linked to collective trauma. The conceptualization of collective trauma will be based on the formulations of sociologist Kai Erikson. The presentation will also highlight the symptoms of vicarious trauma and specific empirically validated tools like the Malsch Burnout Inventory and Moreover, information will be delineated to underscore those mental health workers who are more at risk for suffering from vicarious trauma. 

A secondary aspect of the presentation will focus on ways to navigate the effects of impactful trauma work. Examining various self-care techniques to manage burnout and psychological distress will be addressed. An essential aspect that will be considered is the importance of moving from vicarious trauma to a place of growth and strength. The areas of vicarious resilience and vicarious transformation will be explored to demonstrate the positive impact that trauma work can have on therapists. 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this intermediate level program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical difference between burnout and vicarious trauma within the therapeutic milieu,
  2. Utilize clinical tools to assess and evaluate the presence of vicarious trauma,
  3. Describe how vicarious resilience and vicarious trauma can be viewed as a positive aspect of trauma work.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Presenter Biography:

Bina Parekh, Ph.D.: Bina Parekh, Ph.D. is the Associate Department Chair at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) in the Department of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), Irvine Campus. Dr. Bina Parekh received her M.A. in Community Psychology at New York University and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and minor emphasis in Biostatistics at Loma Linda University. Dr. Parekh completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Milpitas, California specializing in general psychiatry, trauma, behavioral medicine, and chemical dependency.  She has served as a project coordinator for several large grants at the Behavioral Health Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU) and acted as a clinical supervisor in the joint doctoral program between SDSU and U.C. San Diego. She has published several peer-reviewed papers in the areas of addiction medicine, psychological assessment, and diversity. Dr. Parekh has worked as a pain psychologist within a multidisciplinary treatment team in the Chronic Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente, Orange. Her clinical focus includes trauma specifically working with survivors of sexual abuse and combat exposed military personnel. She has experience applying evidence-based models of treatment for survivors of trauma.   


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Mitchalchuk, S. & Martin, S.L. (2019) Vicarious resilience and growth in psychologists who work with trauma survivors: An interpretive phenomenological analysis. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 50(3), 145-154. 

Pact, M. (2014). Vicarious resilience: A multilayered model of stress and trauma. Affilia, 29(1), 18-29.

Workshop Pricing:

General Admission: $30

Continuing Education:

Target Audience: All mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.