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Second-Hand Shock

Helping professionals can experience burnout and compassion fatigue as a result of their work, but what about those suffering debilitating problems like depression, anxiety, addiction, obesity, or immune disorders? The cause could be vicarious trauma-a phenomenon that goes far beyond compassion fatigue or burnout. Every time you interact with those you help, you are putting yourself at risk for vicarious trauma. Absorbing others' trauma while controlling your own empathic response alters your neurochemistry and even the structure of your brain, negatively affecting your mind, body, and spirit. Second-Hand Shock presents the Rapid Advance Process, a method of recovery created by the authors and used successfully with their own clients. The book includes The Aftershock Workbook, your step-by-step guide through the Rapid Advance Process. This second edition offers new information about how vicarious trauma can be worsened when helping professionals deny or minimize their personal trauma history-or overestimate their effectiveness in coping with it. The authors also explore the ways that emotional intelligence can protect you from vicarious trauma. Second-Hand Shock offers acknowledgment, hope, and healing to millions of helping professionals. There is no need to suffer in silence. You can recognize, address, and recover from vicarious trauma.
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Vicarious trauma is a silent killer for those in the helping professions. Helping professionals can suffer from burn-out and compassion fatigue from the nature of their work, but that may be only the tip of the iceberg. What about those in the silent grip of unexplained and debilitating problems like depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction, or anxiety? It could be vicarious trauma, a phenomenon beyond compassion fatigue. Every time you interact with those you help, you are putting yourself at risk for it; particularly if you experienced childhood trauma. In this second edition of Second-Hand Shock, including the Aftershock Workbook, the experts explore the subtle and covert ways that absorbing others' trauma while controlling empathy gradually alters the structure of the brain, negatively affecting the mind and ultimately desensitizing, numbing and causing these disturbances. Offering acknowledgment and hope to the millions of helping professionals, Second-Hand Shock and the Aftershock Workbook, guide you through the Rapid Advance Process, a method of recovery created and used by the authors with their own clients. Once you recognize the warning signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, you will find relief and recovery as you work through your own vicarious trauma through the Aftershock Workbook.

About the Author

Vicki Carpel Miller is co-founder and Director of Vicarious Trauma Institute. As a Registered Nurse and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, she specializes in the practice of Collaborative Divorce, the treatment of Vicarious Trauma, divorce-related issues, and blended families. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University in Florida. She is co-director of the Collaborative Divorce Institute and the Vicarious Trauma Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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