Professional Development

Collective Care, Solidarity & The Zone of Fabulousness

Vikki will differentiate Vicarious Trauma and Burn Out from the Spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice with the people we want to be useful to. We’ll explore our relationship to a believed-in-hope, and resisting patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers.

                We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn Out that embraces Collective Care that holds clients at the centre, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologising ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient…and that’s going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness….Where we resist enmeshment and disconnection, and connection, collective ethics and the person at the centre of our work.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Critique and Analysis of pathologizing workers with Vicarious Trauma;
  • Alternative understandings of Clients Centered approaches to Collective Care;
  • Strategies for Solidarity Teams and Mutual Aid, and
  • Visions of Vicarious resistance and possibility of transformation.

Who should attend this workshop?

Community Practitioners, frontline workers, Team leaders, Managers, CEO


Vikki Reynolds (PhD RCC) is an activist/ therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work and therapy. Vikki is a white settler on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations. Vikki’s people are Irish and English folks, and she is a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with People with Lived/Living Experience and other workers responding to the opioid catastrophe, refugees and survivors of torture – including Indigenous people who have survived residential schools and other state violence, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: WS2504

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Wednesday 06 September 2023


9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Novotel - West HQ (Rooty Hill RSL),
33 Railway St, Rooty Hill NSW 2766


  • Member: $190.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $250.00 + GST

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