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Vicarious Trauma Prevention

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This course contains of two articles. Article 1 ( Organizational Prevention of Vicarious Trauma ) Early research on vicarious, work-related trauma has identified both personal and organizational correlates. In this article, the authors review the growing literature on the organizational components of vicarious trauma and suggest changes in organizational culture, workload, group support, supervision, self-care, education, and work environment that may help prevent vicarious trauma in staff. Article 2 ( Two Shadows of the Twin Towers: Missing Safe Spaces and Foreclosed Opportunities ) HIV-affected and HIV-infected parents who lived near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 discuss their own and their families reactions. Implications are drawn for emergency preparedness planning for urban families.

Article I
I. Organizational Correlates of Burnout
II. Vicarious Trauma
III. Conclusion
Article II
I. Introduction
II. Method
III. Results
IV. Discussion

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Vicarious Trauma Prevention created by Holly Bell, LMSW-ACP, Shanti Kulkarni, MSSW, Shanti Kulkarni, MSSW, Lisa Dalton, PhD, Beatrice J. Krauss, PhD, Joanne O’Day, MA, James Pride, and Dina Franchi, CSW, MSW


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2003/ Vol. 84, No. 4

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Holly Bell, LMSW-ACP
(Article 1) Center for Social Work Research University of Texas at Austin
Shanti Kulkarni, MSSW
(Article 1) University of Texas at Austin
Shanti Kulkarni, MSSW
(Article 1) University of Texas at Austin
Lisa Dalton, PhD
(Article 1) Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University
Beatrice J. Krauss, PhD
(Article 2) Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health
Joanne O'Day, MA
(Article 2) Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health
James Pride
(Article 2) Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health
Dina Franchi, CSW, MSW
(Article 2) Beth Israel Medical Center

Course Creator

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about vicarious trauma. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. become aware of the literature on the organizational components of vicarious trauma.
  2. identify changes in organizational culture, workload, group support, supervision, self-care, education and work environment that may help prevent vicarious trauma in staff.
  3. identify the reactions of HIV-affected and HIV-infected parents and families and their reactions to living near the World Trade Center post 9/11.
  4. identify practice implications for emergency preparedness planning for urban families.


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  1. Individual relationship(s) or lack thereof, and its nature, with any/all ineligible company, and
  2. any investigational, off-label, or non-FDA approved content or discussion

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The planners have reported the following: There are no relevant disclosures.

Course Material Authors

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Course Creator: Max Schwanekamp
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