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Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency

January 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST

Join us for this one-day workshop on Vicarious Trauma Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue impact the lives of professionals in the health care, child welfare, mental health, and justice systems in psychological, social, physical and spiritual ways. Working with vulnerable populations can be a rewarding career but it is also one with emotional and psychological risks.

Participants will explore the ‘occupational hazards’ faced by those in the helping professions.

This interactive online training will integrate best practices and current research in a meaningful way to support the reduction of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout both at the individual level and at the organizational level. Participants will learn how to identify and monitor for signs of vicarious trauma.

Participants will be:

  • Building resiliency strategies to cope with the demands of working with vulnerable individuals and communities.
  • Understanding both individual and organizational risks and protective factors around the transfer of trauma.
  • Understanding and identifying the warning signs of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
  • Building resilience strategies to reduce the impact of traumatic exposure.
  • Understanding how individuals and organizations can promote resilience.

This event is an online training workshop. Ticket holders will receive an email with the invitation to join the training closer to the event start date.

Audience tags (who is the training for): First Responders, Nurses, Psychotherapists and Social Worker

Meet your trainer:

Heather Fredin, Registered Psychotherapist

Heather is a Registered Psychotherapist who has found her home with Navigating Onward (NavOn), Heather’s values align with NavOn’s goal of clinical excellence and community impact. She has been providing care to children, adolescents, adults and families for 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, a Diploma in Art Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Heather encourages service providers to practice from a trauma-informed perspective. She believes that therapeutic goals must be client-centred, and help should come from a collaborative approach. She focuses her efforts on community/education and health collaborative partnerships and care pathways for children, youth and families seeking mental health support.

As the Director of Professional Development at for NavOn – Heather is committed to clinical training of community colleagues, this also includes students in psychology, psychotherapy, and social work. Heather is an adjunct professor in the Counselling Psychology program at Western University. Heather regularly teaches Systemic Practice (psychotherapy for families, couples, and groups) in the MA Counselling Psychology program. Heather is both the chair of the Youth Suicide Postvention Advisory for London and Middlesex County and the broader community network Suicide Prevention Middlesex London. She trains regularly on a wide variety of topics but of special interest is the topic of youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

She is trained in the therapeutic modalities of: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), and she will soon be trained in the therapeutic and risk assessment model the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide” otherwise known as CAMS. Finally, she is committed to both supporting individuals in their healing journey but also to creating a community where belonging and support are commonplace.


January 18, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST