The aim of the CPSU Vicarious Trauma Prevention and Awareness Toolkit (VTPAT) is to provide workplaces access to evidence-based resources enabling them to develop prevention-focused strategies to address Vicarious Trauma, contributing to safer work environments for Victorian Public Service workers.
The Victorian branch of the Community and Public Sector Union became aware of the lack of preventative measures available to organisations when it came to addressing vicarious trauma and the effects on the workforce. As a result, the CPSU have created this toolkit. The VTPAT is being developed in partnership with the Victorian Departments of Health and Human Service (DHHS) and Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), with ISCRR (Institute for Safety Compensation Recovery and Research) at Monash University as the Evaluation Partner.
The project is funded by WorkSafe, through the WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund. Further information about the WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund (MHIF) can be found at https://www.workwell.vic.gov.au/fund
The project is funded to run until March 2022. During this time, the project will be developed and piloted in collaboration with eight DHHS and DJCS pilot sites across Victoria.
The VTPAT was inspired by the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (https://vtt.ovc.ojp.gov/). We would like to acknowledge the support and advice from the project team there, especially Associate Professor Dr. Beth Molnar and Janet Fine.