Vicarious trauma has been identified as something that affects the performance and well-being of certain professionals, such as interpreters. It happens when they experience or internalize someone else’s trauma.
Professionals working in healthcare, in court, in jail, with refugees, with child protective services, with victims of abuse, or in war zones most likely experienced high levels of stress, suffered vicarious trauma, or felt vulnerable during the course of their everyday work.
Research confirms that interpreters are particularly prone to vicarious trauma, burnouts, compassion fatigue, or secondary stress as a result of repeated exposure to various traumatic information and experiences.
Ludmila “Mila” Golovine, is herself an interpreter, and will speak on the subject of vicarious traumatization not from a scientific but from an insider’s point of view. Participants will be provided with real-life applications and tools that can help identify and examine triggers leading to vicarious trauma impacting the well-being and performance. They will also learn practical steps to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma before, during and after these interactions.
President/CEO of MasterWord Services, Inc., a global language solutions company that embodies Golovine’s commitment to doing business with heart. As part of her commitment to wellness and mindfulness, she serves on The Jung Center’s Advisory Board of the Mind, Body and Spirit Institute and integrates both practices throughout MasterWord’s operations.
As a professional interpreter, Golovine knows first-hand how interpreting, especially in healthcare, social services, education, and legal arenas, may present challenges such as compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. For the past 10 years, she has applied her skills as a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner and a Trained Demartini Method Facilitator to tirelessly help promote health and wellness to those in the language services industry, decrease burnout and increase longevity in this profession.
She is a sought-after speaker who’s performed at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Association of Language Companies, CHIA among others. Learn More.
- Define vicarious trauma and articulate why those working in healthcare and social services settings are at greater risk for vicarious trauma.
- Identify the potential impact of vicarious trauma on work performance and quality of life.
- Articulate the role of awareness, balance, and healthy coping strategies in effective self-care.
- Develop a network of support.