Second-Hand Shock...Vicarious Trauma

Second-Hand Shock...Vicarious Trauma


Vicki Carpel Miller,  BSN, RN, LMFT, and Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC

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Second-Hand Shock: Surviving & Overcoming Vicarious Trauma

Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC; Vicki Carpel Miller, BSN, RN, LMFT

This book offers help for the helper. “Helping” professionals can suffer from burn-out and compassion fatigue from the nature of their work, but that may be only the tip of the iceberg. What about those in the silent grip of unexplained and debilitating problems like depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction, or anxiety? It could be vicarious trauma. Every time you interact with those you help, you are putting yourself at risk for it; particularly if you experienced childhood trauma.

The authors explore the subtle and covert way that absorbing others’ trauma while controlling empathy gradually alters the structure of the brain, negatively affects the mind and can ultimately desensitize, numb and cause these disturbances. This book offers acknowledgment and hope to the millions of “helping” professionals through a method of recovery called The Rapid Advance Process created and used by the authors with their own clients.

Once you recognize the warning signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, you will find relief as you work through the AFTERSHOCK Workbook included in the second half of the book.

Book Info

Publication date: 2011
Pages: 156
Binding: paperback
Co-Authors: Vicki Carpel Miller and Ellie Izzo
ISBN (print): 978-1-936268-21-4
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-936268-47-4

Also available as an e-Book here.

Author Info

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VICKI CARPEL MILLER, BSN, RN, LMFT, is co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce Institute, and the Vicarious Trauma Institute. She is an internationally recognized presenter and trainer in the field of vicarious trauma Collaborative Practice, training family lawyers, licensed mental health and financial professionals.

Vicki is co-founder and past President of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona and functions as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and/or Case Manager in Collaborative Divorce files. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR ).

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ELLIE IZZO, Ph.D., L.P.C., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been in clinical practice since 1982. Dr. Izzo developed the Rapid Advance Process, a standardized five-step model for building neural pathways to higher thinking which was originally presented at the American Counseling Association convention in Atlanta in 1997 and again in Honolulu in 2008. The Rapid Advance Process is now widely used to alleviate trauma and stress. Ellie also serves as a Trainer, Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and/or Team Manager in the process of Collaborative Divorce, whereby a team of professionals help a couple move through divorce respectfully, without litigating. She is co-director of the Collaborative Divorce Institute and the Vicarious Trauma Institute.

Ellie presents for numerous conferences and conventions. She hosted a call-in radio show in Phoenix and served as Self-Help Editor for a nationally syndicated trade magazine.