Understanding Vicarious Trauma, Certificate | Part time online | CQUniversity Australia | Australia
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Understanding Vicarious Trauma

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This Understanding Vicarious Trauma course offered by CQUniversity Australia will utilise an interactive presentation style, which includes self-directed learning activities, reflection questions, and specific readings.


What you will study

Working in a caring profession can take its emotional toll on the practitioner. Assisting and supporting clients may result in a number of challenging interactions and can even result in vicarious trauma. The examination of particular challenges when working with vulnerable clients involves the ability to being attuned to and accepting of emotions in the context of working in human service provision. This requires understanding, addressing and preventing negative outcomes of vicarious trauma. Focus of attention will be on key elements of vicarious trauma and how to manage it effectively. Emotions influence physiological reactions and behaviours, which may result in reduced empathy, which impacts service provision. Therefore, being able to understand, address and prevent vicarious trauma is critically important for everyone working with vulnerable clients.

This Understanding Vicarious Trauma course offered by CQUniversity Australia allows participants to build knowledge and understanding along with consolidating their learning and exchanging personal insight with colleagues.

Programme Structure

The program focuses on:

  • Understand  how clients’ stress experiences interact with therapists’ emotions and empathy when working with clients
  • Identify the warning signs of compassion fatigue
  • Describe the concepts of transference, countertransference, compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Apply strategies to manage compassion fatigue
  • Integrate transference and countertransference into therapy
  • Understand and respond to Vicarious Trauma

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 days

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS: 00219C
  • There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work in the healthcare profession.
  • Our micro-credentials are available for anyone to access. You do not have to be a CQUniversity student. 

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