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Vicarious Trauma Workshop
Nov 03, 2018

Vicarious Trauma: Advanced Tools for Interpreters


Professional interpreters working in high stress areas such as health care, court, jail, war zones and with refugees, child protective services and victims of abuse, most likely experienced high levels of stress, suffered vicarious trauma, or felt vulnerable during the course of their everyday work. Vicarious trauma has been identified as something that affects the performance and well-being of certain professionals, such as interpreters, by their experiencing or internalizing someone else’s trauma. Research has confirmed these professionals are vulnerable to vicarious trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, or secondary stress as a result of repeated exposure to various traumatic information and experiences.

Drawing from over 25 years of experience in a professional services industry, Ludmila “Mila” Golovine, will speak on the subject of vicarious traumatization, not from a scientific but from an insider’s point of view – as a representative of a profession that is vulnerable to this type of trauma. Participants will be provided with real-life applications and tools that can help identify and examine triggers leading to vicarious trauma impacting the well-being and performance of service professionals, and will learn practical steps to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma before, during and after these interactions.

In this Advanced workshop, Mila will walk participants through practical exercises that will help them manage the associated stress and prepare for difficult assignments, including End-of-Life scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

  •         Define vicarious trauma and articulate why those working in healthcare and social services settings are at a
          greater risk for vicarious trauma
  •         Articulate the potential impact of vicarious trauma on work performance and quality of life
  •         Identify five coping strategies in effective self-care
  •         Develop a network of support


PowerPoint Presentation


Practical Exercises

Participant Workbook


Date: Saturday, November 3

Time: 9AM – 12:30PM

Place: Rush University Medical Center; Armour Academic Facility (600 S. Paulina) Room 994A

Registration Fee: $35 (until October 31); $40 (after October 31)

Parking: Park in hospital lot; Parking will be validated.

CEUs: ATA – 3 Points; CCHI – 3.5 hours; IMIA/NBCMI – 0.317; RID  0.35 RID CEUs in Professional Studies; BEI  0.35 CEUs

Payment options:

  •          Credit Card: MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Contact Ana Cervantes at 773-525-8590 ext. 103
  •          PayPal: Contact Ana Cervantes at 773-525-8590 ext. 103

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