Vicarious Trauma - Work Related Trauma Exposure

In-Person Networking Event

Date | Tuesday 28th March 2023

Location | Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast (Laganview Suite)

Time | 12-1.30pm

Members FREE / Non-Members £15 (price includes tea, coffee and pastries) 



Event Detail


Vicarious Trauma could be defined as the transformation within that occurs in a person because of empathetic engagement with another person’s trauma experiences. Such engagement includes contact with survivors of violence or disaster, witnessing cruelty and loss and of hearing distressing stories, day after day. This networking event looks at the various aspects of work-related trauma exposure and how we can build vicarious resilience, transformation and compassion satisfaction. With facilitation lead by Deirdre McLaughlin -  Independent trainer and consultant in areas including trauma, attachment, resilience and trauma informed practice.

Who Should Attend?

Those most likely to be affected by work related trauma exposure such as: Clinical Assessors, GP’s, GP Surgery Staff, Pharmacists, Community Carers, NHS staff Counsellors, Therapists, Youth Workers, Mental Health & Wellbeing Workers, Support Workers Care Assistants Community Workers Pastoral Workers Social Workers Carers Emergency Services Volunteers- Helpline/Front Line Charity Workers Rescue Workers/ Case Workers (homeless/ refugees/addicts/suicide) and Criminal Justice Workers

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand the potential impact of working with trauma. 
  • Gain a better understanding of how to protect yourself from experiencing secondary and vicarious trauma. 
  • Explore how organisations can work in a trauma-informed way to prevent secondary and vicarious trauma. 
  • Develop your trauma toolkit and network with like-minded individuals working towards our common goal of ‘Healing Trauma Together’. 

Deirdre McLaughlin

Deirdre McLaughlin established Connected for Life with her colleague, Marie Blaney, in 2016. Deirdre is a psychology graduate, social worker and systemic practitioner with many years of experience in a range of settings, including Youth Justice, in both practice and management roles. She is also a part-time lecturer in social work and health and social care at Belfast Metropolitan College. Connected for Life aims to raise awareness of the far-reaching impact of trauma and adversity on individuals, families, organisations and communities and to support those impacted. They do so through providing a range of services for individuals, families, parents, professionals, organisations and communities, including presentations, training and consultation as well as developing and delivering a range of interventions. Connected for Life is currently supporting Early Intervention Lisburn’s Connected Minds project, which aims to support children’s mental health and develop a more trauma-informed community in the Lisburn area, by providing support for organisations, parents and young people. This includes supporting organisations in their journey to becoming more trauma-informed and responsive through training and mentoring, facilitating a range of online webinars and their Start from the Heart’ groups for parents and programmes for young people. They are also working with a range of organisations and groups, including the Irish Midlands Trauma Informed Communities Training Network and have facilitated Start from the Heart Train the Trainer programmes through CYPSC Laois/Offaly and CYPSC Longford/Westmeath

Location | Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast (Laganview Suite)




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