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Vicarious Traumatisation (Facilitator: Lisa Nel)


The Willows Centre, Swindon SN1 3LQ

Delivery format:

Face to Face

Course fees:

From £45

About the Workshop:

If you are in a role supporting others who suffering, you can be impacted over time by Vicarious Traumatisation (VT). Ongoing global crises have increased pre-existing pressures upon support services worldwide, increasing the incidence of VT in staff.

Understanding VT and what can be done to proactively mitigate its impact, is a win-win for staff as human beings, the organisations they work for and the people they support.



Sat, 4th May 2024, 09:30am


What’s in the programme?

Through a mixture of information sharing and practical activities in breakout rooms, we explore:

  • What VT is and isn’t – and the signs enabling us to recognise it.
  • The significance of empathy
  • Learning from Neuroscience: how VT changes to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
  • Understanding our personal Drivers and overcoming other obstacles to self-care
  • A trauma-informed Self-care Framework for looking after ourselves.


What do we aim to provide?

· An understanding of VT and how to recognise it.

· A Self-care Framework for strengthening resilience and boosting good energy.

· Time to relate these ideas to yourself through activities in small groups.

· Practical resources to take away for ongoing use.


About the Speaker:

Lisa Nel BA(Comb)Hons, PGCE, Adv. Dip. Int. Couns., L7 Diploma Children & Adolescents, MBACP(Accred); NCPS (Snr Accred) www.imokyoureok.co.uk

Lisa works as a trainer, therapist, and supervisor. After 20 years as a secondary modern languages teacher, she re-trained as humanistic counsellor and founded I’m OK, You’re OK, to offer school-based counselling, staff well-being INSET and under-18s counselling training.

Lisa is a passionate advocate for developing effective staff well-being and support, including reflective supervision. She co-developed and delivers the ‘Help for the Helpers’ Vicarious Traumatisation and Self-care Workshop with Mark Stancombe, across the UK and abroad.



Breaks - There will be one short refreshments break and a lunch break. Free tea & coffee will be available on site, and there are a number of shops and cafes locally that delegates may wish to use during lunch.

Parking - Limited free parking is available on site on a first come first served basis. There are a number of pay as you go car parks locally. The closest is on Prospect Place, 1 minute walk away.

Train/Bus - Willows Training is accessible by local bus routes. The main Swindon bus and rail stations are approx 20 minutes walk away.


Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop has been designed as a source of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, other mental health professionals, and students undertaking counsellor/psychotherapy training. It may also be helpful for anyone who supports people who are experiencing current or historical mental, physical or emotional trauma, suffering or distress in other professional settings.


About Willows Counselling and Training Service

Willows is a charitable organisation offering Counselling and Counsellor Training in Swindon, Wiltshire. The service has been running for 30 years and is well established in both knowledge and reputation in the local area and beyond.

Willows offers the full suite of qualifying courses for Counsellors; Levels 2, 3 and Level 4 Diploma. For qualified therapists, they run a postgraduate Level 6 Diploma in Trauma Counselling, as well as an annual CPD programme of one-day Saturday workshops days and an annual training conference.

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