Trauma stewardship is a concept of accepting that client’s story can be traumatising, so we need to notice the impact as soon as possible, learn to hold it, notice how it impacts us (what we keep in our mind and body) and finally what we have to and can put down.
We simply cannot walk the path without our tribe, our collective, and our support networks.
Oh, the self-care. What a buzzword, right. Yet, if we don’t know how to take care of ourselves, who will?
Here are some of the relational symptoms of secondary trauma
Here are some of the mental symptoms of secondary trauma
Here are some of the physical symptoms of secondary trauma…
Vicarious trauma can feel like moral injury, but it is different.
Vicarious trauma is often confused with controlled empathy, so it might be useful if we explore it here to notice the difference.
This month we are looking into the cost of working in carrying professions: the impact of client’s trauma on our health.
Emotional regulation – we all have feelings; those feelings are fleeting, and they ARE valid – no one can question your individual emotional experience – it might be helpful to remind people about this; validate all their emotions, educate them about how emotions are made; model connecting with and expressing a wide range of feelings but also choices around them – we can struggle, subconsciously shut down to stay safe and that’s OK.