Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma refers to a profound shift in the way that we see the world after repeated exposure to traumatic material. It describes the cumulative process of either experiencing or hearing about stressful events – over time, these experiences alter our beliefs/worldview. We may become increasingly numbed, or feel overwhelmed by intrusive images that replay in our minds. Vicarious trauma can occur following a single secondary trauma event or multiple Secondary trauma events.

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