Peter A Allard School of Law

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care in Pro Bono Work

Description of Event: 

Working with clients who have experienced trauma may have a detrimental impact on you. In Pro Bono work, you will hear many stories, and in detail. Listening to stories of trauma can produce vicarious trauma reactions within you, and/or the stories may trigger any personal trauma you may have experienced in the present or past. Regardless of whether you experience vicarious trauma or not, working in these situations can be extremely stressful. This workshop will being with a presentation by Allard wellness counsellor Fernanda Bruce to provide you with psychoeducation about trauma and stress, and introduce coping strategies to prevent or regulate your reactions. The workshop will also provide time to discuss individual coping needs, so please take some time to reflect on your experiences and if you’d like to share. Each situation and coping strategies discussed will be from an empowering, coping lens. The event will conclude with a panel of students sharing their personal experiences and coping strategies. There will also be smoothies and snacks available to attendees.

Speaker:
Fernanda Bruce
Fernanda Bruce

Fernanda Bruce received her BA in Psychology and MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a registered clinical counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She has worked with different populations in a variety of settings. Most recently, she worked at Vancouver General Hospital, where she provided individual and group therapy to high-risk populations. Fernanda also has a background in psychology research and, thus, brings evidence-based practices into her therapeutic work, as well as blending in a student-centered approach that is both open and inclusive.


  • External
  • All Students
  • Graduate Students
  • JD
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