Resisting Burnout with Justice-Doing and Believed-in Hope

Vikki will be presenting at the following conferences.

Vikki Reynolds will differentiate vicarious trauma & 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 look at our solidarity and ‘shouldering each other up in dark times immersed in mean spirited politics and neo-liberalism.

Vikki  will invite us to consider the transformations our work and the people we work alongside co-create. We’ll explore our relationship to a believed in hope, and resisting charitable and patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers.

We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn out that is client-centered, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologizing ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient…and that’s going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness…

Learning Objectives

  1. Practices of collective care as a resistance against Vicarious Trauma
  2. Enacting Ethics as a path to sustainability and resisting Burn Out
  3. Collective Accountability and Justice-Doing as an ethical frame for our work


Scholarly or scientific publications that were used as references while developing the content for this presentation.

Reynolds, V. (2011). Resisting burnout with justice-doing. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. (4) 27-45.

Richardson, C., & Reynolds, V. (2012). “Here we are amazingly alive”: Holding ourselves together with an ethic of social justice in community work.

International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 1:1-19.
nd structuring safety. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. No. 1, 1-13.


Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy.

Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities.

Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.

Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: