The Power to Transform: Identifying the Effects of Vicarious Trauma

If you are in the helping professions, you probably know firsthand how trauma impacts the lives of the adults, children, and families you serve. Through the heartfelt connections you cultivate with your clients, you, too, are prone to suffer the effects of loss, neglect, or abuse. This is called “vicarious trauma.” In this class, you will increase your awareness of its effects on your personal and professional life as well as learn practical tools to help bring your life back into balance.

In this class, participants will: Learn what vicarious trauma is and the prevalence of trauma Identify how vicarious trauma affects your professional and personal life Learn wellness and self-care strategies to bring your life back into balance

Anyone can benefit from the wellness techniques highlighted in this course, but ministers, counselors, and students-in-training especially will gain applicable lessons to help them stay mindful of how their work in serving others impacts their day-to-day lives. You will equip yourself with the knowledge of the prevalence of trauma in all of its various forms and self-care tools in order to empower yourself to better minister to others.

Dates: Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:30am to 5pm ET

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0

Available by: Audiobook Download & Videoconference Recording (click to learn more)

Price: General Public: $ 95.00

One Spirit Graduates: $ 80.00

Student Upcharge: $ 0.00


Faculty: DeShannon Bowens

DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, interfaith minister, and founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops at various agencies focusing on sexuality and spirituality, sexual abuse, vicarious trauma, and wellness. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African-American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse and an Emeritus Interfaith Scholar with the State of Formation. She was the first recipient of AASECT’s Bill T. Jones Award. For more information about DeShannon or ILERA, visit


If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840 x 0

Posted by Lindsay Grass on Jun 20, 2016 in Workshops