The Power of Transformation: Identifying and Overcoming Vicarious Trauma Spring 2017

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
CONNECT: 127 West 127th St, Room 432

The Power of Transformation helps you become aware of how you have been affected by the trauma of people you care for in your professional and personal life. This course highlights practical ways to identify the cause of vicarious trauma, reduce stress and bring your life back into balance.

Many social service professionals, counselors, advocates, clergy, activists and direct support workers provide vital, necessary services assisting children, adults and families who may have experienced: loss, neglect or abuse. More often than not, children and adults within these families also suffer from trauma. Over time, people in helping and service professions are affected by working with traumatized individuals and communities due to the heart felt connection you establish with those you serve.

During this empowering training you will:

1) Learn what vicarious trauma is and the prevalence of trauma
2) Identify how vicarious trauma affects your professional and personal life
3) Learn wellness and self-care strategies to bring your life back into balance

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
CONNECT: 127 West 127th St, Room 432 

Materials fee is $50 per participant.


DeShannon Barnes-Bowens, is a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, Interfaith minister and founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops at various agencies focusing on: sexuality & spirituality, sexual abuse, vicarious trauma and wellness. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and an Emeritus Scholar with the State of Formation. She was also the first recipient of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists, Bill T. Jones Award. For more information about DeShannon or ILERA visit

Materials fee is $50 per participant.

Go to or call (212) 683-0015 x215 for more course information.