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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Vicarious Trauma: What Prompts Post Traumatic Growth?

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM CST
Trinity (30 Classroom)
Session Description

Trauma brings challenges acutely and throughout the process of survival and recovery. Problems are compounded when the estimation of resources needed to successfully manage stressful events are greater than those perceived available to clients and care takers. Frequently, we fail to incorporate prior experiences of trauma and strengths in planning for care.
Doctoral research revealed the concept and clinical pathway of Metahabilitation© recognizing one’s strength and resilience in dealing with adversities associated with trauma. Metahab promotes the biological, psychological and spiritual propensity for growth after trauma. These experiences become opportunities to creatively restructure oneself, finding meaning in life for survivors and care takers.
Post-doctoral research, utilizing a review of literature and multiple interviews, focused on vicarious or secondary traumatization syndrome (STS) clarifying aspects requiring attention. Identification of those affected by STS and factors that contribute to perceived positives of providing trauma care on families, caregivers and clinicians will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

1.      Contributes to Knowledge Base of Therapeutic Recreation Professionals. At the conclusion of this session participants will have enhanced knowledge of both primary and secondary trauma as well as perceived positives and growth resulting from post trauma.

 2.    Specific Application of Intervention and Use of Metahabilitation Participants will become aware of and understand a contemporary model of rehabilitation enabling posttraumatic growth (PTG) - MetaHabilitation.

 3.    Learning and Problem Solving. Participants will appreciate and become knowledgeable regarding application of the MetaHabilitation System in clinical practice for both primary and secondary trauma survivors.

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

Topic                                                             Method of delivery                         Time / Mins.

Session overview                                                        Lecture                                               15                                                       

Research: Issues of post - crisis and trauma             Lecture                                                20

            Professionals and Clients


Current Rehab Processes                                          Group Exercise                                   20       

ID Personal/Professional Experience                                                                        

 Utilization of New Model                                             Pair and Share                                   20       

            Encourage idea and practice of Metahab

            Support and Feedback                                                                      

 Recap and Debrief                                                    Open Discussion                                 10                   

Evaluation of Session and Presenter                         Survey                                                5         

 Session Length:          90 minutes

Session Logistics: Tables of 6-8, areas to write and discuss.

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Foundational Knowledge: Theories and Concepts, Practice Guidelines, Diagnostic Groupings

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals
Seasoned Professionals


Joyce Mikal-Flynn Ed. D., RN, FNP, MSN, Sacramento State University