Vicarious Trauma in the Classroom

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Project Description

Vicarious trauma in the classroom: Exploring language instructor experiences is a three-year project funded by the Government of Canada that will engage language instructors and newcomers in a co-creation process to develop, pilot, and evaluate evidence-based strategies to support faculty in preventing and coping with vicarious trauma.

Vicarious trauma is an adverse impact on the mental health of people who work with survivors of traumatic events. Even when English language instructors are highly trained, skilled, and qualified, they are not immune to the distressing stories they hear in the classroom.

The School of Global Access, in partnership with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) and Mount Royal University’s Dr. Pat Kostorous, aims to create a suite of resources for immigrant serving agencies and community organizations providing English language learning programs. Additionally, the project will offer policy makers evidenced-based research and strategies to support and inform future program design. Academics will have a greater understanding of an understudied area with a contribution to the broader fields of mental health, adult education, and immigration and settlement studies. Finally, instructors and newcomers engaged in the project’s co-creation process will gain skills in research, program design and development, community-building, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization.

The project’s overall outcome is creating an increased capacity for service providers to deliver responsive and coordinated settlement and community services through a co-created suite of resources, leading to improved language learning outcomes and integration for newcomers accessing language classes.

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