CALL FOR PILOT SITES: NATIONAL VICARIOUS TRAUMA TOOLKIT
An Evidence-based Approach to Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Victim Assistance Providers, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and EMS
In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the significant impact that interventions with victims of mass casualty incidents and crimes of violence have on first responders and direct service providers. Many agencies and organizations have come to know that vicarious trauma is harmful to their staff and, ultimately, to their ability to deliver quality services in a consistent and sustained manner over time. While many of you have already instituted ways to address such needs, the field has yet to identify evidence-based practices that can inform and support agencies in their efforts to effectively address these critical needs.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime awarded a two-year grant to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, for the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project. Managed by Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), the primary purpose of the VTT Project is to develop and pilot a state-of-the-art collection of resources and promising practices that will assist victim assistance providers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in learning about, and responding to, vicarious trauma.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION TO LEND YOUR EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE & LEADERSHIP TO THIS NATIONAL PROJECT BY SERVING AS A PILOT SITE
IN RETURN, YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION WILL RECEIVE FREE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM NATIONAL EXPERTS TO HELP YOU ADDRESS VICARIOUS TRAUMA IN YOUR AGENCY
Pilot Site Activities
- Conduct organizational assessment of agency’s readiness to address vicarious trauma.
- Identify gaps and challenges in current policies, procedures, practices, and programs .
- Develop action plan to implement the VTT to address those gaps and build on existing efforts.
- Evaluate the VTT and its usefulness in addressing vicarious trauma the agency.
Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm October 22, 2014.
FINAL STEP: Go to the Online Form to complete and submit your application.
We welcome your questions. Direct inquiries to: VTToolkit@neu.edu