Fall Resiliency Retreat and Training on Vicarious Trauma

Sunday – Tuesday,   October 22 – 24, 2017


Advocates entering the work of supporting victims and ending violence in our communities are often naturally empathetic, caring, or social justice-minded and/or want to make the world better through their efforts. This same trait that is so valuable to the work can also make them even more vulnerable to vicarious trauma. How can they find balance? How can they remain engaged and committed to what they do, while also maintaining their own internal well-being and positive world view?


The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) is pleased to offer scholarships in 2017 for two special retreat and training events just for victim advocates who work directly and on the local level with victims of violent crimes, including domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and homicide.


During two plus days of retreat-based training and somatic and respite activities, the Summer and Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreats on Vicarious Trauma give participants an opportunity to understand vicarious trauma. This is achieved by processing and integrating that understanding on a personal level in order to reclaim joy in the work, which is so crucial to the sense of wholeness that sustains our collective work.


The Fall Resiliency and Training Retreat will take place Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 24, 2017, southwest of Asheville in Macon County, on a mountain top.


Registration for the Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreat on Vicarious Trauma in the mountains of Macon County is currently OPEN and closes October 13th.


NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreats on Vicarious Trauma are part of the NCVAN’s Advanced Academy and funded through the Governor’s Crime Commission. They are offered free-of-charge to state-recognized organizations committed to victim work, including lodging at the events.


In return for offering the training free-of-charge, leadership within the organizations shall commit to participate in three webinar/conference call sessions over the course of 3 months on the subject of the dynamics of vicarious trauma and preventing and addressing individual and organizational trauma, including reading materials in preparation for the calls.


In selecting staff to nominate, executive directors and supervisors should consider the following:


1) Advocates who have worked directly with victims for at least three years.


2) Staff who are especially committed to victim advocacy with preference for those whose current primary role is working full-time with victims or crime. (Exceptions are made for those working with surviving loved ones in cases of homicide.)


3) Staff who may be vulnerable to vicarious trauma from either chronic or acute exposure to violence or witnessing negative impact of systemic biases in the work.


4) Participants who commit to attend the ENTIRE program, start to finish, Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening.

Participants will be accepted through a two-part application survey process, based primarily on the above criteria, the content of the survey, then ultimately the availability of space. Accepted participants will be notified in early October. Remaining candidates who qualify will be placed on a waiting list.


Credit hours are offered to both staff and leadership towards re-certification for the NCVAN Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy and can also be counted towards CFW training requirements.