Vicarious Trauma And Self-Care For Investigators

Thank you. Fantastic session and thank you for sharing your personal story, really powerful.
vicarious trauma, mental health, investigations, workplace investigations, professional development for investigators
Thanks again Harriet. What you're pulling together with your previous conference and today's symposium is so valuable.
vicarious trauma, workplace investigations, professional development for investigators
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Course overview

Vicarious Trauma And Self-Care For Investigators

This webinar is presented by Harriet Witchell,  an experienced investigator who has had to handle and manage the risks of vicarious trauma for investigators.

What is in the webinar?

The webinar is packed full of helpful advice on the identification of risk, self-assessment tools and self-care strategies that can effectively reduce the development of trauma symptoms for investigators.

The session is valuable to anyone working in high-risk professions who regularly view or handle distressing or confronting material including violent images, sexual distressing content including historical abuse allegations or images, domestic violence and other cases related to death and injury.

Major cases and examples

In this webinar you will identify the key risks for investigators and content moderators employed in the justice system. The webinar looks at three significant cases:

  • Facebook who paid out $52million for vicarious trauma caused to content moderators
  • Zagi Kazarov, lawyer and public defender who was awarded $435,000 after developing PTSD and depression from viewing child exploitation material; and
  • a journalist who was awarded $180,000 after developing PTSD from exposure to distressing material as a crime reporter for 10 years.

Harriet discussed the history of vicarious trauma in different professions, what it is, how you can get it and what employers can do to reduce the risk of vicarious trauma occurring.

Top tips to take away

The session also includes preventative strategies for teams and self-care options for individual investigators including the mental health self-care wheel and other apps and tools to help manage stress.

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Harriet Witchell

Harriet Witchell, founder and CEO of MyKludo has investigations business for over 30 years, serving as a police office in the UK and Australia before establishing one of Australia’s premium workplace investigation firms in 2001. Harriet was a lecturer in Policing Investigations for a number of years and I holds qualifications in a range of subjects including Forensic Psychology and the Social Sciences. Harriet managed a team of over 30 investigators around Australia and investigated thousands of cases involving trauma.