The Power of Transformation: Identifying and Overcoming Vicarious Trauma

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
127 W 127th Street, Rm 432

What is vicarious trauma and how does it it affect your agency or organization, the work you do with clients, and you personally? Take our 5-day course and learn strategies to minimize the effects of vicarious trauma. Many types of organizations knowingly  and unknowingly provide vital and necessary service by helping children and families who undergo extreme forms of neglect and abuse. More often than not, the children and adults of these families also suffer from trauma. Over time, people in the helping profession like you are affected by working with traumatized families due to the heart felt connection you establish with those you serve. Facilitated by author and therapist, DeShannon Bowens, The Power of Transformation course will teach you about vicarious trauma (VT) and how it affects your agency/organization, the work you do with clients and you personally. Participants will also develop their own self care strategies to minimize the effects of vicarious trauma.  

Materials fee is $150 per participant.  Sliding scale is available.  Go to or call (212) 683-0015 ext.215 for more course information. To enroll, email      
DeShannon Bowens, MS is an interfaith minister, Yoruba priestess, therapist, professional development trainer and founder of ILERA Counseling and Education Services. ILERA is an organization committed to raising awareness about sexuality and sexual abuse through innovative educational programs and healing services. Through ILERA, DeShannon has implemented workshops and programs at various agencies focusing on: sexuality & religion, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and vicarious trauma & wellness. She is also the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse.