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Live and Virtual Keynotes, Interactive Breakouts, and Customized Trainings

Who this is for:
  • Clinicians
  • Essential Workers
  • First Responders
  • Clergy
  • Professional Caregivers

Burnout, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral injury and vicarious trauma can take its toll. This interactive evidence-based presentation will take the audience through the FABULOUS Framework for Wellness, which suggests eight ways to build career resilience. Attendees will increase their awareness of how to practice self-care by putting their character strengths into practice.

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Topics for Judges and Court Personnel

Who this is for:
  • Judges
  • Attorneys
  • Stenographic court reporters
  • Court coordinators

This interactive presentation will take those who work in the judiciary through eight characteristics of resilience. Judges, attorneys, court coordinators and others who work in the courts are often exposed to traumatic material, stressful litigation, and highly emotional cases. They can be negatively impacted and experience burnout, moral injury, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma. During this vicarious trauma-informed program, the audience will identify eight character strengths that build resilience in the judiciary.


Topics for Building Resilience in Victim Services Providers

Who this is for:
  • Victim/witness advocates
  • Victim witness services coordinators
  • Protective services agents
  • Case management specialists
  • Restorative justice facilitators

Those who work in victim services are often impacted by the stories they hear. Being empathetic and compassionate, they can experience compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, which can impact their wellbeing. This vicarious trauma-informed program will focus on building personal career resilience. As victim services providers identify their character strengths, they will learn ways to put them into practice to become more resilient.

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Vicarious Trauma-Informed Practices for School-Based Professionals to Minimize Burnout and Build Resilience 

Who this is for:
  • Child study teams
  • District administrators
  • Classroom teachers
  • School psychologists
  • School nurses

In a school community,  trauma and grief impacts educators and clinicians in unique ways. Empathetic, emotional  and compassionate professionals can experience burnout, secondary trauma, moral distress and vicarious trauma.  With awareness and skill building, school professionals will learn how to put their character strengths into practice to enhance resilience. During this vicarious trauma-informed program, the audience will identify eight pathways of self-care to reclaim joy and purpose in their work.

Domestic Violence Speaker

If you are seeking a speaker for your domestic violence conference, Barbara welcomes that opportunity. Domestic violence is committed by someone who is or was involved in an intimate relationship with the victim. Ten years ago, a national protocol to identify this type of violence was developed. So, we have best practices and standardization for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) care. Being client-centered and trauma-informed impacts the lives of families in your community. You measure success by seeing firsthand, survivor outcomes.

It is important to identify why survivors do not get help earlier.  You know that those with lived experiences are the experts in what they need. When you incorporate survivor perspectives, that information can enhance your programs. You then learn what they need from immediate shelter, mental health care, to legal services. My focus is on what you, the compassionate and empathetic victim service provider needs to manage your stressful job.

At times, you are given training and awareness of DV resources, on raising awareness through community engagement, or spreading awareness on being able to speak up. Or you attend network events with other agencies and learn from one another. You may focus on prevention awareness and seek out connections with health care providers. You are culturally responsive to populations you serve expanding education to the community that sexual violence is preventable through early education. You got this!

When I look at the wellbeing of professionals who work with victims of domestic violence, I identify best practices and lessons learned. Being client-centered and trauma-informed must move to your being vicarious-trauma informed. Supervisors measure success by seeing staff healthy, empowered and managing stressors related to their job. Although you know that it is important to identify why survivors do not get help earlier, the question needs to also explore why victim advocates and other professionals do not get help and wind up leaving their job.

Professionals have lived experience regarding secondary trauma and are the experts in what they need. They may have a high ACEs score, are overwhelmed and exhausted and are having an exceedingly tough time navigating their world since the pandemic. They need the tools to deal with their traumatic workplace experiences, which have shifted a bit since COVID-19. My program brings together those who work with victims to get the training they need to mitigate vicarious trauma.  Although most trainings are for professionals to learn best practices for victims/survivors, this training focuses on best practices to manage compassion fatigue or moral injury. In the long run, better care is provided to victims of domestic violence and you continue to enjoy the work that you do.

My interactive and fun vicarious-trauma informed program is for empathetic and compassionate professionals who make a difference in the lives of others.  You are culturally responsive to populations you serve. Comparatively, agencies need to be culturally responsive to victim advocates and other victim service providers. Listening to stories about repeated battering and injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation and intimidation can take its toll. This training helps you to be accountable for your own wellness and resilience. Participants of this interactive and fun program will explore my FABULOUS framework for Wellness that focuses on resilience building best practices: flexibility, positive attitude, boundaries, being united, laughter, optimism, understanding job satisfaction and self-compassion.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the connection between empathic distress, moral injury and job retention.
  2. Explain eight elements of resilience in a vicarious trauma-informed workplace.
  3. Recognize the importance of values, gratitude, and making meaning, when working with survivors of IPV.
  4. Review character traits that when put into practice mitigate vicarious trauma.