Yoga for Service Providers
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based, adjunctive treatment to therapy for survivors of trauma developed at the Trauma Center in Boston, USA.
TCTSY can also provide support for caregivers, service providers, and others who have secondary trauma from close or ongoing contact with the trauma of others.
TCTSY aims to build participants’ experiences of empowerment, agency and control and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body.
This program is flexible and can run from 6 - 10 weeks depending on the needs of the organisation.
The program offers participants an opportunity to (re)connect with their bodies, explore using their body as a resource and address vicarious traumatisation symptoms through:
increasing feelings of empowerment
strengthening your relationship to yourself and others
supporting you to remain in the present moment
About Vicarious Trauma
Vicarious trauma, or secondary trauma, is defined as “a transformation of the helper’s inner experience, resulting from emphatic engagement with a client’s trauma material” (Laurie Anne Pearlman and Karen Saakvitne). For support workers, including psychologists, social workers, caseworkers, counsellors and researchers, an ongoing exposure to trauma can impact individuals at physical, emotional, psychological and social levels. Signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma include the same symptoms as PTSD such as flashbacks, feelings of isolation and alienation and depression as well as increased cynicism, sense of hopeless and helplessness and changes in world view and identity.
Christian Pross identifies key factors for preventing burnout and vicarious trauma which include self-care and therapeutic self-awareness. The Blue Knot Foundation (experts in complex trauma) highlights that activities which foster connection to self and a healthy life balance are important in decreasing the impacts of vicarious trauma along with a focus on self-care and self-nurturing. Physical activities such as yoga provide opportunities for participants to connect with their bodies in a safe environment, to explore the possibility of using their body as a resource and potentially to nurture a compassionate relationship with one’s self and one’s body.
Pross, C. (2014), Burnout, vicarious traumatization and its prevention: What is burnout, what is vicarious traumatization?, <https://irct.org/assets/uploads/Burnout,%20vicarious%20traumatization%20and%20its%20prevention.pdf>
"So how do you sit with a shattered soul?
Gently, with gracious and deep respect.
Patiently, for time stands still for the shattered, and
the momentum of healing will be slow at first.
With the tender strength that comes from an openness
To your own deepest wounding,
and to your own deepest healing.
Firmly, never wavering in the utmost conviction that
evil is powerful, but there is a good
that is more powerful still.
Stay connected to that goodness with all your being,
however it manifests itself to you.
Give freely. Take in abundantly.
Find your safety, your refuge, and go there as you need.
Words won't always come;
sometime there are no words
in the face of such tragic evil.
But in your own willingness to be with them,
they will hear you;
from soul to soul
they will hear that for which there are no words.
When you can, in your own time,
turn and face that deep chasm within.
Let go. Grieve, rage, shed."
Steele, K. (1987). Sitting with the shattered soul. Pilgrimage: Journal of personal exploration and psychotherapy
If you are interested in organising a Yoga for Service Providers program at your workplace or organisation, please get in touch via the contact form below or feel free to give me a call or send me an email to discuss options.
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