Vicarious Resistance: Inspiring HOPE as an Ethical Position

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC

September 6th 11:00 AM Theatre Room

Vicarious Resistance: Inspiring HOPE as an Ethical Position


Vicarious Resistance: Inspiring HOPE as an Ethical Position

Vikki 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

resisting burnout by critique ideas of workers as mentally unwell and see struggles in their context of suffering and oppression
-focus on putting clients at the centre and importance of “walking our talk”for sustainability
-inviting collective care & collective responsibility


Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist who works to bridge social justice activism and community work. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peer and other first-first responders to the opioid epidemic/poisionings, refugees and survivors of torture, 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 on the subjects of resistance to ‘trauma’, ally work, justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and addresses available for free:

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