Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: August 7, 2015

Joseph R. Madonia, LCSW-R, CASAC

August 7, 2015, 1 – 2p.m. EST 1 CEU available [dt_button size=”big” style=”default” animation=”none” color_mode=”default” icon=”/” icon_align=”left” color=”5a86a9″ link=”https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/m1istdlu2z?popover=true” target_blank=”true”]Watch Presentation[/dt_button]

Most of us have entered into the helping profession because we have an innate desire to help, support, and empower those individuals in need. As clinicians we are constantly giving ourselves from an emotional, physical, and psychological place within ourselves.Doing this type of work can have an enormous negative impact on the clinician and human service professional and ultimately result in burnout. The following session will assist clinicians and direct contact staff in identifying and coping with vicarious trauma.


At the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Be able to identify the physical, psychological, and behavioral signs of vicarious trauma.
  2. Be able to identify the six (6) common risk factors associated with vicarious trauma.
  3. Have a clear understanding of the effects of vicarious trauma on their professional and personal life.
  4. Be able to identify three (3) strategies in reducing the risk of vicarious trauma.


Mr. Madonia is a graduate of New York University (NYU), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. He is currently the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he is responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants and supervision of staff. Mr. Madonia is currently the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board. He also holds several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group and committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct. Mr. Madonia is the co-developer of the Brooklyn Treatment Court Training Academy. He is presently a certified facilitator in Moral Reconation Therapy and a lecturer on trauma-informed care for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. In addition, he serves as a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute, the National Development and Research Institutes and American University. Mr. Madonia currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and as a field instructor for NYU and Columbia University graduate social work programs. He also maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders. He has over 20 years experience working with the Forensic and Co-Occurring Disorders populations.