Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Now Available

We are excited to let you know that the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) is now available.

The recent launch of the VTT represents the results of a collaborative effort of first responder and victim services to create, develop and pilot evidence-informed tools organizations can use to address the impact of vicarious trauma on their staff and volunteers.

The toolkit was piloted in seven communities across the country, with representatives of fire, EMS services, law enforcement and victim services comprising the eight-member team.

The Compendium of Resources contains nearly 500 tools that organizations can use to become more informed about vicarious trauma, including policies, research literature, training materials and links to websites, podcasts, and videos. The Compendium can be searched by organizational strategy, topic and discipline, so organizations can find appropriate tools for their agency to use to address gaps they’ve identified. Many of the items in the Compendium came from organizations using those policies and practices in their own efforts to address vicarious trauma.

The VTT helps organizations address vicarious trauma by outlining a process by which they can become more vicarious trauma-informed. A tool created specifically for the VTT, a Vicarious Trauma Organizational Readiness Guide (VT-ORG) is an assessment tool organizations can use that measures five areas of evidence-informed strengths of organizations that are healthy.

One VT-ORG is available for each discipline (FIRE, EMS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, VICTIM SERVICES), for staff and/or leadership to fill out and assess the agency’s current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization. The results can then be used to identify which areas have gaps and prioritize next steps to address them.

The project was funded by the Office for Victims of Crime which awarded the grant for this project to Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice.

Explore the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit and see how it can help your organization become vicarious trauma-informed.