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Vicarious Victim Training

Choosing a career in a helping profession is an honorable decision, and often those who choose it bear the burden of other people’s trauma. Hearing trauma survivor's stories and witnessing traumatic events firsthand can affect victim advocates, health care professionals, police officers, lawyers, therapists and others. Called vicarious trauma, it can have a variety of negative effects. Symptoms of vicarious trauma can include feelings of sadness or irritability, loss of a sense of purpose, hopelessness and more. Vicarious trauma is also known as secondary traumatization or secondary trauma.

Learn to Build Your Coping Skills

NEVAA’s Vicarious Trauma Training was developed to help both supervisors and individuals better cope with secondary traumatic stress. The course will help you understand how the traumatic experiences of other people can affect you. This training session is a blend of instructional and interactive teaching, and it will equip you with knowledge and resources to care for yourself so you can better care for others. You’ll study research-based ideas and learn essential skills to prevent and combat the effects of vicarious trauma.

The training session will be held online via Zoom.

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Course Details

Audience: Victim advocates, educators, attorneys, law enforcement, mental health workers, medical professionals and all allied professionals who assist crime victims 
Method: Online
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $50
Graduate application: Not required
CEUs: 2.5

This Course is Offered on the Following Dates

Details will be posted soon. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

This course meets the Board of Mental Health & Social Work requirements for continuing education in the state of Nebraska. Credits are self-reported.

Scholarships are available via the Nebraska Crime Victim—Training and Technical Assistance Program. Learn more below.

Rebecca K. Murray, MA, PhD

Rebecca Murray, is the associate dean of social and applied sciences for the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska in 2005 and has been at Creighton for 14 years. She served as faculty and later chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Studies before moving into the Dean’s office as a full-time administrator. She has authored two books and over a dozen articles that research a number of topics, including the spatial analysis of crime and the effect of urban structures on crime and violence. She has worked closely with a number of local agencies to promote positive change in the community. Dr. Murray co-authored the grant that brought NEVAA to life and has since been the primary supervisor and facilitator of its academic programs.

Lacey Craven

Lacey Craven joined Creighton in 2017 as the director of Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy (NEVAA). Her unique role on campus provides comprehensive, academically based training opportunities for victim advocates and allied professionals in Nebraska. Lacey oversees the development of victim-centered curriculum for NEVAA’s 40-hour summer training academy for victim service providers. She also provides additional community trainings on vicarious trauma and ethics in victim services.

With over 10 years of experience working in academic settings, Lacey is committed to educating students, colleagues and the community through establishing strong connections. She firmly believes that individualism, vulnerability and human sensitivity can create change. Craven holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.

Student interactions and viewpoints are a vital part of our rich learning environment. For this reason, Creighton reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of low registration numbers. In this case, registrants will receive a full refund. If a course is cancelled by the University for other non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed.


If you have questions please fill out our Contact Us form or call 402.280.5179. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.