Vicarious Trauma: Healing From Within

Vicarious Trauma: Healing From Within

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For too long, doctors, counselors, language interpreters and therapists lacked healthy options when undergoing vicarious trauma, a condition of mental and emotional distress experienced by some healing professionals while they’re helping others. “Ten years ago, an interpreter was a translator for a family from Mexico when their child was in a horrible accident and had to be disconnected from life support,” says Mila Golovine, president of MasterWord Services. “The interpreter still cried over it.” The event “Vicarious Trauma: Healing From Within,” presented by the Rothko Chapel and the global language service provider MasterWord Services, will feature a presentation by Rothko executive director David Leslie, who will demonstrate how physical spaces can help folks attain inner peace, as well as a group meditation led by Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, an advisor and presenter at the Rothko.

6 p.m. Thursday. 3900 Yupon. For information, call 713-524-9839 or see rothkochapel.org. Free.

[Organizer's Description:]

“Vicarious trauma” describes the phenomenon when those in helping professions – such as therapists, doctors, clergy, first responders and interpreters – experience mental or emotional distress through their experience of helping others. The Rothko Chapel and MasterWord are teaming up to help those wrestling with vicarious trauma, offering them tools and practices to better understand and constructively address work-related stress, while strengthening their sense of inner-peace and well-being. The free event, Vicarious Trauma: Healing From Within, is scheduled to begin with a reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, followed by a presentation and meditation beginning at 7 p.m. The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon in downtown Houston. Co-presenter Alejandro Chaoul, who will be leading a meditation during the program, explained that the event is designed to provide methods for self-care. He will provide helpful techniques that will be valuable throughout the lives and careers of participants. Rothko Chapel executive director David Leslie will also lead a portion of the program, which will illustrate how physical spaces, such as the Chapel itself, can help people connect with their inner world.
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