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March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Cost: $25.00 – $65.00


Vicarious Trauma: Impact to the Helpers

Recognizing and Minimizing Risks in Care Fields

via Webinar

Thursday, March 21, 2024


9:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: $25

*3.0 Social Work CEUs – Pending Approval

 Cost: $15 per NASW Member and $25 per non-member

In order to receive Social Work CEUs, you will need to complete the online evaluation that will be sent after the training.

You will be asked to pay the above fee on the NASW website once you complete the evaluation.


*3.0 Nursing CEUs Available

Cost: $65

These will need to be purchased as a separate ticket below. 




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Vicarious and secondary trauma can occur when the one’s work or experience involves exposure to the trauma experiences of others. Most often this occurs in occupations that include delivering care to individuals who may be disclosing trauma experiences, or witnessing other people’s experience of trauma in other ways. Though often acquired through a person’s profession, vicarious trauma can affect people far beyond job performance. Vicarious trauma can have impacts on social, psychological and physiological responses as well. This presentation will review some of the research available in the field of vicarious trauma, including some risk factors and protective factors for caregivers. We will review interventions for individuals and organizations that have shown some effectiveness in reducing vicarious trauma. We will discuss how to identify likely triggers of vicarious trauma and recognize signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma in ourselves. We will discuss and practice developing a personal wellness plans for managing symptoms, to keep our helping healthy.


  • Learn what vicarious trauma is, other similar terminology used in the research field, and signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma.
  • Identify ways to become informed and aware of vicarious trauma, both on an individual and organizational level.
  • Learn about research outcomes related to vicarious trauma and interventions to reduce vicarious trauma.
  • Consider ways to develop a personal wellness plan, to self-identify potential triggers for vicarious trauma and how to reduced risk.


Erin Edwards is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts, with a Masters in Psychology. Erin currently works for Penn State College of Medicine/ Hershey Medical Center with the Division of Autism within the Department of Psychiatry.  Erin and PennCares Support Services have worked together for many years developing trainings encompassing older adults and issues surrounding behavioral health. Erin has worked with children with autism and other mental health diagnoses across a variety of services, including specialized schooling, home and community BHRS services, intensive family based mental health services and currently outpatient services. Erin has also worked with adults, in community, home and work settings, with autism and co-morbid mood and mental health diagnoses, as well as hoarding behaviors and anxiety, depression and matters surrounding suicide.  In supervisory positions, Erin has provided a large variety of trainings to direct care staff with a focus on practical interventions strategies and reducing frustration or fatigue in caregiver positions.



Social Work: “NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop.  Upon approval, 3.0 CEUs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Nursing: Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants with a valid RN license that attend the entire Nursing Continuing Professional Development program (NCPD), can earn 3.0 contact hours.; partial contact hours are not awarded. 


~If you have any questions, please email Allison Fisher at trainings@penncares.org~


March 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$25.00 – $65.00
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Webinar via Video Conferencing


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3.0 Nursing Credits
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