Resilience Program

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Resilience Resource Hero Image‘Resilience’ is the capacity to rebound from and find meaning in traumatic or stressful events. If you work with women and children you may witness the effects of sexual assault, domestic and family violence. We rely on frontline workers to respond when women and children are experiencing gendered violence and we recognise that this work can be challenging, which is why we designed this program.

The resource is a three-step process:

Step 1. Resilience Assessment
Take our Resilience Assessment to get your resilience score.
Step 2. Analysis of your score
Read the analysis of your resilience score to find out if you should do the program.
Step 3. Program 
Sign up for our 10-week program delivered by email.

The resilience program goes for 10 weeks and each week you will receive an email from us that describes a particular aspect of resilience and suggests an exercise. There are weeks that focus on organisational resilience, looking at what your workplace has in place to support you, and other weeks that focus on techniques for managing stress.

The resilience program is designed to build your skills. It responds to what we know about the prevalence of vicarious resilience and vicarious trauma experienced by workers. Vicarious trauma, burn out or compassion fatigue are all names for how work can affect you negatively, whereas 'vicarious resilience'[1] describes the positive impacts of this work. If you’d like to know more you can watch our video on how to look after yourself at work. The video will give you some context for the importance of building resilience. It’s important to know, however, that the resilience program is not designed for people who are really struggling to be at work or can’t face going to work.

If you think this might be you, don’t tough it out. It’s normal to be affected by the work and there are great services that can help. Call 1800RESPECT and speak with someone who can talk to you about what to do next.

It’s also important to know that no one program works for everyone. So if this program doesn’t seem right for you, we recommend that you chat with your manager or your local health professional about alternatives.

We know that there are many factors that shape gendered violence and the impacts it has on workers; the program works to acknowledge these impacts and provide strategies for staying strong, bouncing back and maintaining meaning and purpose at work.

If you’d like to see how resilient you currently are, take our resilience assessment and find out if you should sign up to the program.


[1] Hernandez, Gangsei and Engstrom coined the term, ‘vicarious resilience’, which is the process by which workers can find inspiration through working with clients who have overcome, or are continuing to deal with, adversity.  Hernandez, Gangsei & Engstrom Family Process Vol 46 NO 2, 2007 p 230  

This resource was developed for 1800RESPECT in collaboration with:

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health