Whether you are a crisis counsellor working with survivors full time, a friend of someone who has been traumatised, or are simply overwhelmed by the mass of terrible realities that filter through your newsfeed every day, you are vulnerable to vicarious traumatisation (VT).
What is Vicarious Traumatisation?
VT is a stress reaction experienced by those who have not directly (personally) experienced a traumatic event, but have exposure to a traumatic incident through the accounts of others. In other words, people suffering from VT have been indirectly exposed to a very threatening situation which has caused a shift in the way that they experience themselves and the world around them[i]. This causes them to experience the world as an overwhelmingly harmful and dangerous place, and experience others as threatening and untrustworthy. Although not all people exposed to such traumatic accounts develop VT, it is common in highly violent contexts
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