IICP College: Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue – The Cost of Caring

IICP College

Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

The Cost of Caring


The therapist’s empathy and ability to witness are key aspects of not just our professional ability but also of our humanity. However, when we are constantly exposed to traumatic stories or seemingly intractable problems, our compassion can become eroded and we can begin to feel helpless and hopeless. Left unacknowledged this can result in the development of Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue and if not addressed we may develop Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder which mirrors our clients’ PTSD.

Programme Content:

  • Examine the characteristics of Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue.
  • Identify any characteristics that we may be experiencing;
  • Reflect on how we may be unconsciously defending against Vicarious Trauma or Compassion Fatigue it in the therapy room and possibly unknowingly silencing our clients;
  • Develop an ethical and self-tailored care plan to help increase our resilience in the face of secondary traumatic injuries such as Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in a bid to move towards compassion resilience.

Entry Requirements:

This workshop is for mental health practitioners interested in learning more about the subject area.


Certificate of Attendance and Participation
CPD: 6 Hours


April Intake: Saturday, 10 September 2022
Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm


This workshop will take place online, using a software called Zoom. Participants will be sent a link to join the online platform before the course commences.


Patricia Allen-Garrett,
BSc (Hons) Psychology, MIAHIP, ECP.
Patricia works as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and in a community setting and is also engaged in group work with people who have attempted suicide.
She has been involved in the training of counsellors since 2008 and has particular interest in both trauma and bereavement for many years in addition to lecturing on IICP’s MA in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

For more details please visit our website: https://www.iicp.ie/cpd-courses/vicarious-trauma-and-compassion-fatigue/

Or contact:

IICP Office: 087 9055330

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
11th May, 2022
Expiry Date
11th Jul, 2022