Vicarious trauma is also referred to as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatization (Figley, 1995). When working with clients suffering trauma, we can feel an emotional residue, stress and/or weariness and lose our zest for life. Why does it happen? As empathetic professionals,how do we protect ourselves from vicarious trauma, or minimise its effects?
We’re delighted to have Wendy back to expand on her previous webinars. Dr Wendy H McIntosh PhD has over 30 years’ experience as a psychiatric nurse and has worked in a range of roles as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is a passionate advocate for professional wellbeing and works with both individuals and groups.
Dr Wendy H McIntosh PhD has over 30 years’ experience as a psychiatric nurse and has worked in a range of roles as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is a passionate advocate for professional wellbeing and works with both individuals and groups.
Dr McIntosh is based in Australia and is the perfect example of how an international classroom can be so beneficial.She provides us with a fantastic insight in research and experience of professionals in other fields. This is cross-disciplinary and cross-continent learning at it's best!
The theme of professional boundaries is one area of practice that Wendy has been developing for many years. She recognises that when good boundaries are in place for everyone (professional client, family and colleagues) then well being is positively affected. Wendy is now Director of her own company, Davaar Consultancy, and she conducts workshops wherever there is an invite to travel to. Wendy has been a trainee of psychodrama since 1990 and likes to bring an element of surprise and spontaneity into all aspects of her work.
Wendy has been a popular trainer at Linguistpd, returning by request to train on a number of subjects including:
- Professional-Client Boundaries
- Transference & Counter Transference
- Vicarious Trauma
- Looking after your limbic system (the body's response to stress)