Vicarious Trauma. Care for the Caregiver Dan L. Petersen, Ph.D. “You cannot describe it unless you have seen it, you cannot explain it unless you have done it, you cannot imagine it unless you have been there, then it never goes away” Bill Bessington, Retired Reporter, Chugiak, Alaska.
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Care for the Caregiver
Dan L. Petersen, Ph.D.
you cannot explain it unless you have done it,
you cannot imagine it unless you have been there,
then it never goes away”
“I want to give back. I want to help others as I was helped. I know what it is like to be a victim of a crime and I know in my heart that I can help others.”
Jane’s supervisor upon entering the break room sees Jane with her head down on the table crying. The supervisor asks Jane if she is alright and Jane responds that she will be okay and that it is just that she feels so bad sometimes after working with a client. Then she looks up at the supervisor and earnestly asks, “It will get better, won’t it?” Then she says that she use to talk to her friends about her feelings after the crime and that it helped a lot but lately talking about it seems to maker her feel worse rather than better. The supervisor consoles Jane by gently touching her on the shoulder. “I know we are all busy and I have a client waiting right now, but if you want to talk about it stop by some day when we are both free. Come on, let’s get back to work.”
“Breathe in, 1 2 3; Breathe out, 1 2 3”
Stomach expands as diaphragm moves to pull in more air
Let your body breathe (the air is breathing me)
Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth