National Judicial Network Webinar – Protecting Against Vicarious Trauma: Tools and Strategies for Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Trafficking (January 31, 2023)

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The repeated exposure of service providers to the distress and suffering of immigrants and other survivors including indirect exposure to graphic details or imagery of survivors’ traumatic experiences, can lead to empathic distress and other trauma and stress related responses. Faculty will delineate the broad array of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes

that accompany these reactions and the neurobiological underpinnings that link them to changes in sleep, mood, concentration, planning and decision-making, memory, motivation and energy levels, and can lead to feelings of numbness, difficulty experiencing positive emotions, cynicism and reckless or self-defeating behaviors. The webinar will include empirically and neurobiologically informed strategies to cultivate resilience among those who serve survivors including increasing capacity for self-regulation and learning skills to strengthen mindful awareness, compassion, and grounding. Combined, these tools can help protect against empathic distress and vicarious trauma and promote wellbeing.


  • Dr. Marie Carlson
  • Hon. Victor Reyes (Ret.)
  • Leslye E. Orloff, Adjunct Professor

Self-Care & Resiliency

Mindfulness / Meditation Specific Resources

Contemplative Based Resiliency Training

The Portable Calm: Contemplative Based Trauma and Resiliency Training: The Portable Calm. Eight-week training developed by Gaea Logan & Patricia Tollison, to help cultivate resilience by strengthening the capacity for self-regulation and building protective internal factors essential to the prevention of burnout:


Psychoeducation on the nature and causes of panic, anxiety, and the alarm system

Sleep hygiene

SMART goal planning and action plan

Other Resources

NIWAP Resources

NIWAP Webinars


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