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Introducing Vicarious Resilience: Reframing the Impact of Working with Individuals and Communities
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When: October 26, 2015
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
NY, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Madelyn Miller, PhD, LCSW

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3 hours of continuing education

Please note: In order to receive any CE credit you must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.


As social workers across roles, settings, and diverse practice perspectives, we work closely with the traumas of our world, and with 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, community violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes, as well as racism, long-standing inequities, sudden death, early loss, disaster, combat, homelessness, and refugee experience. Inevitably, we are deeply affected by these realities and their implications.


This workshop introduces vicarious resilience, and the interrelated concepts of vicarious trauma and vicarious transformation, to frame consideration of the impact of this work on social workers. Client and professional resourcefulness is promoted by considering survivors’ resilience, and by incorporating expanded concepts which move well beyond basic self-care. The restorative significance of ongoing collegial support and community, a reflective process, active social engagement, social justice work, continued specialized learning, agency, purpose, and the meaning of one’s work and commitments, is highlighted. Participants will develop strategies and initiatives to actively enhance well-being, hope, and meaning in their social work.

Madelyn Miller, PhD, LCSW, is a clinician, educator, and consultant, specializing in work with adult survivors of trauma and loss in her psychotherapy practice and community work, teaching and training on these issues, and supporting the well-being and resourcefulness of colleagues and organizations closely engaged with survivors and their communities, through training, consultation, and staff care. She is an adjunct faculty member at NYU Silver School of Social Work Master's Program and Post-Master's Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate Program. And she has taught at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Since 1997, Dr. Miller chairs the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter Disaster Trauma Committee, offering continuing learning within a global frame, collegial support, and a context for community.



 NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved.

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