Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 20 Aug 2020 - 19 Aug 2024)

Preventing Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout


Empathy forms the bedrock for all work in therapeutic, front line, emergency, health, social and pastoral care services. While a vital tool, unbounded empathy, particularly when with traumatized individuals and groups, poses real and potentially serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of the care professional. Longevity of career, sustainment of meaningful and effective engagement and work satisfaction hinges on having in place a strong foundation and commitment to self-care. The theory, tools and techniques presented in this workshop are easily integrated across the widest range of treatment modalities including CBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing etc.


  • Develop and enhance strategies to counterbalance the potential risks and impact of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue 


  • Learn and expand on their knowledge and understanding relation to the value, importance and pitfalls associated with empathy

  • Learn to recognise the signs of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout

  • Develop tools and strategies for increasing and maintaining stability, autonomic regulation and clear thinking

  • Minimize the risks associated with vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnouts


This one day workshop is ideally suited for those working in therapeutic, front line, emergency/first response, trauma, health, pastoral and social care services. 


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002000, End date of approval: 20 Jan 2021)



Patricia Bourke D’Souza is an accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MIACP, MIAHIP) since 2001 and an accredited Supervisor (MIACP) and Certified Somatic Trauma Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor (Babette Rothschild). Patricia has assisted Babette Rothschild on her training tours of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and co-trained on her tours of Australia in 2016-2017.  

Patricia currently works as a Somatic Trauma Therapist, Trainer, Supervisor and Consultant and co-ordinates /manages the implementation of the National Music in Mind programme and the Music in Mind and Mind Your Mental Health Mental Health Promotion initiatives for programme refugee populations throughout Ireland on behalf of Mental Health Ireland and in partnership with the HSE National Office for Social Inclusion and the National Concert Hall. Patricia has worked for over 20 years within the corporate, statutory, voluntary, educational, community and voluntary sectors in Ireland and abroad and has considerable experience working in the homeless, voluntary and mental health sectors where she led out on the development and implementation of a number of mental health and social care national training programmes and workshops.

Patricia is passionate about her work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. This includes ethnic minority groups, faith based groups, refugees and vulnerable/marginalised populations.


Alicia Loy

6593 5287

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Course Schedule

Dates TBA
Timing 9.30am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Ms Patricia Bourke D'Souza
Venue(s) Enabling Village