Vicarious Trauma: What It Is and What To Do About It - Headington Institute: Vicarious trauma is inherent to humanitarian work. Humanitarian workers in many roles regularly hear distressing stories, and witness violence, poverty and disaster. This second-hand exposure to suffering places them at high risk of experiencing secondary stress responses. The resources in this section explain what vicarious trauma is and explore coping strategies for dealing with it.

Beyond the Cliff: TEDTalk - Laura vanDernoot Lipsky:In this talk, Laura offers us a window into the cumulative toll that can occur when we are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma of humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. Held within a larger context of systematic oppression and liberation theory, we’ll dive into what gets hard and how to work toward reconciling it both individually and collectively.