George Rivera

January 22, 2016
Mountaineer celebrates the conquest of the summit. Concepts: victory, success, achievement, triumph.

Vicarious Trauma: How To Learn Through Others

In my previous post titled, “Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects You Without You Knowing & How To Use It To Your Benefit” I discussed how to use smaller traumatic experiences and the experiences of others to prepare ourselves for our own, more significant traumatic experiences. In this post I want to explore how we can vicariously learn from the experiences of others.   Here is the paradigm shift for vicarious trauma; are you ready? What if you could use the trauma of others to help transform you? The technical jargon for what I am talking about is vicarious transformation and […]
January 19, 2016
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Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects You Without You Knowing It & How To Use It To Your Benefit

Vicarious or secondary trauma is a term used to explain burnout in caretakers who work with individuals who have suffered a traumatic or series of traumatic events. I know that sounds a little complicated but to illustrate its meaning, imagine you have a daughter who has recently been abused in some way. Because of the level of empathy you have for your daughter, you will begin to experience traumatic symptoms even though the trauma did not directly happen to you. This is what we call vicarious trauma. In many circumstances, sufferers do not recognize the signs or symptoms and do not […]

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