Addressing Vicarious Trauma in the Criminal Justice Community
In the aftermath of incidents such as the recent mass M**der at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and the fatal plunge of a Duquesne University student from a dormitory room window, the focus on finding answers, treating victims and healing the community sometimes neglects to address the often critical needs of those on the service side of the equation. And yet, from “vicarious trauma” to “occupational stress” to “compassion fatigue,” today’s social science literature is replete with sobering findings about the psychological impact of such incidents on everyone from first responders to forensic scientists. At issue are matters of workplace productivity, decision-making ability and nothing less than the integrity of the justice system itself. Please join clinical social worker Sheli Bernstein-Goff, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Commander Kathy Degler and Detective Carla Kearns, Duquesne University Professor of Counselor Education Lisa Lopez Levers, Carlow University Professor of Social Work Sheila G. Roth, Duquesne University Professor of Forensic Nursing Kathleen Sekula and an interfaith clergy panel for this special, service-oriented professional education seminar.
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