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Introducing Vicarious Resilience: Reframing the Impact of Working w. those Surviving Trauma and Loss
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When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Madelyn Miller, PhD, LCSW

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Introducing Vicarious Resilience: Reframing the Impact of Working with Individuals and Communities Surviving Trauma and Loss



As social workers across diverse practice contexts, we work closely with those experiencing the many traumas of our world, and the unique losses accompanying each. From clinicians and administrators, to community organizers and educators, we engage with clients’ and communities’ experiences of domestic violence, childhood abuse, and sexual assault, hate crimes, community violence, racism, and long-standing inequities, as well as sudden death and early loss, homelessness, disaster, combat, and refugee experience. Inevitably, we are deeply affected by these realities and their implications.


This workshop introduces vicarious resilience, interrelated with vicarious trauma, to frame consideration of the impact of this work on us as social workers. As we experience and recognize client and community resilience, perseverance, and determination to face the future while navigating adversity, both client and professional resourcefulness is promoted. Incorporating expanded concepts which move well beyond basic self-care, restorative experience is underlined, from ongoing collegial support and community, to active social engagement and social justice work. 


Madelyn Miller, PhD, LCSW, works with adult survivors of trauma and loss in her psychotherapy practice and community work, teaches and trains on these issues, and provides staff care to colleagues and organizations working with survivors and their communities. She is adjunct associate professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work; chairs the Disaster Trauma Committee, NASW, NYC-Chapter; and participates with disaster response organizations. Her clinical work with adults includes those surviving early sexual abuse and later sexual violation, as well as the experiences of humanitarian aid workers, human rights activists, journalists, refugees, and those seeking asylum.



3 CE Contact Hours

Eligible for LMFT and Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours



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All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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