All over the world practitioners, academics, researchers and students active in human-animal interactions have experienced personal and professional impacts and may face long-term challenges from COVID-19.
Illness, death, life restrictions, economic impacts have taken their toll on communities all over the world. As service providers we have coped and adapted our work during the pandemic. The pain and frustration of this trauma experience still challenges us, and requires self-awareness, resilience and interdisciplinary support.
Self-care and recognizing the impact of vicarious trauma for human-service providers is a necessary process to regain the professional upper hand. It is time to share and reflect on this experience.
Join a panel of psychologists and an audience of peers to review how we can transcend the moment and stay effective in our mission to bring people and animals together in supportive ways.