Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)
Over the past two years, the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University has been leading the effort to create a state-of-the-field online resource for victim assistance, EMS, fire and law enforcement organizations to address vicarious trauma. Literature and resource materials have been widely researched, compiled and vetted, and a preliminary Toolkit has been pilot-tested by the intended user groups in seven communities.
The VTT Team wants to ensure that the Toolkit is the most comprehensive and highest quality product possible that will ultimately make a difference in the lives of first responders and victim assistance providers. We know that the most valuable resources in the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit are those that are actually being used effectively in the field. In fact, half of the current resources in the VTT came from the field!
PILOT SITES ANNOUNCED
Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice announces the selection of national pilot sites for the testing of the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit developed with support and funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
“The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project recognizes the very real impact experienced by first responders and victim service providers when responding to traumatic events and those who have experienced trauma,” said Associate Professor Beth Molnar, ScD, Principal Investigator for the VTT Project and Interim Co-Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University.
Click here to read more about the pilot sites and their locations.
What We’ve Done So Far:
- An extensive search and review of literature and internet resources;
- A national survey of the field to assess existing policies, procedures, practices and programs;
- A gap analysis to determine what is lacking in the identification, prevention, and treatment of the effects of vicarious trauma;
- A compilation of training and technical assistance resources for the pilot toolkit.