She lived with Vicarious Trauma, and that is why we opted for a no content process called the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP) at 22Zero.
Vicarious Trauma, what does it mean?
Have you ever listened to a friend tell you all about their vacation, and your reply was, “that sounds amazing; tell me all about it so I can live vicariously!” Some people enjoy hearing other people’s stories. I enjoy the positive; however, the negative for me as a therapist far outweighed the positive. I heard Trauma all day, every day, and that is not an exaggeration. Trauma is my specialty. During my internship and residency, I listened to children in residential facilities and outpatient therapy with human trafficking survivors. Their stories changed my life. I would have to unwind before going home, wanted extra time off as often as I could. I was trying desperately to unwind and forget my days.
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I ventured into clinical supervision, hoping to alleviate my pain and vicarious Trauma and burnout from listening to stories and feeling their feelings. I would drive the long way home, drowning myself in music and trying to figure out how to decompress. Nothing worked. I struggled with my traumatic events and most of the information I received from the clients; their experiences triggered me as some of them mirrored my own. I finally found a therapeutic intervention that worked for me. I was trained and began using the process, molding it to fit the clients and what was most comfortable for them. When I had a client who shared their story, I compulsively stopped him and asked him to go through the process without sharing the details, and it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!
No Content is Awesome!
After that, I decided the process can work without traumatizing me. Now I can work with eight people a day, and I do not have to listen to the details; better yet, the client does not have to expose the details to me, which the client finds as a relief. Exposing the details of Trauma can make the client feel vulnerable and exposed, which is not a fun place. There have been stories where a clinician will open a traumatic event, and when the time is up! It is very frustrating as a client as they will go home ruminating on the event for hours, even days; I know this from experience, as I was a client before entering the graduate program. We found a better way.
A Better Way
if you find you have a traumatic event that affects your ability to function or negative emotions that do not match the event’s level, contact us. We can help without having to hear all the details, thus exposing us to vicarious Trauma, which leads to burnout for the therapist and resistance to therapy by the client. It is not therapy! Which is the coolest part, no story, no liability. No content is awesome! Just a brain-based intervention that works quickly and painlessly. It is the Tactical Resiliency Process, developed for military, veterans, and first responders. It can benefit all of humanity!
By Dr. Janell Royster
What is vicarious trauma?
I developed the Resilient Heroes Project because I wanted to find a better way for us to process trauma, not only military or first responder trauma but life trauma. Any event that causes fear, terror, or helplessness response affecting day-to-day living can absolutely be overwhelming to anyone. Veterans, military, first responders, and emergency medical folks are but a microcosm of society; they do not hold the patent on PTSD and trauma. Many more civilians are impacted because there are way more of them.
I have worked with Law Enforcement Officers who had to work on stuff from home. What happens when you find your spouse had an affair? Most people don’t see that as too bad of a traumatic event. I beg to differ; those can often be the catalyst that sends folks over the top. A sense of helplessness that can overtake your emotions. What could I have done differently? The guilt, the shame, the embarrassment can be overwhelming. These life events can impact life and send someone over the edge. Now we can help the deputy, the firefighter, the paramedic, the Soldier, the veteran with these events, and all without having them expose those to us. It’s good for us; it’s better for them. Dropping all content was the best thing we could ever do to get more people to seek back up!
By Dan Jarvis
Founder & President of 22Zero
Below is a video explaining vicarious trauma: