Many people who work with youth impacted by oppressive systems and attitudes can experience vicarious or secondary trauma. Vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of exposure that counselors, educators, advocates and other professionals can have from hearing trauma stories and becoming ongoing witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured. In this workshop series you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the effects of vicarious trauma and discover transformative methods to better manage its impact on your personal and professional well being. We’ll also take a look at the subtle differences between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.


Led by Alliance member Falilah Aisha Bilal, Senior Trainer at the National Black Women's Justice Institute and Radical Healer at Flourish Agenda, this engaging and experiential workshop series will provide:

  • An exploration on how vicarious trauma has impacted our personal and professional lives
  • An examination of transformative methods that better manage the impacts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Opportunities to practice and apply these learnings with fellow participants, and learn together
  • Technical assistance to support introduction, navigation, and implementation in your organization and/or personal work
  • A closing in-person workshop to touch base, debrief, and share out


  Workshop Series Schedule

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

8:30 AM Check-In

9:00 AM -1:45 PM Workshop

  In-Person Workshop
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  1:00pm - 2:00pm
  Technical Assistance Session
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  1:00pm - 2:00pm
In-Person Closing Session

Morning coffee/tea and catered lunch will be provided at the in-person workshop.


About the Facilitator

Falilah Aisha Bilal
Senior Trainer, National Black Women's Justice Institute
Radical Healer, Flourish Agenda

Falilah “Aisha” Bilal has worked joyously for over 30 years creating innovative, relevant evidence based strategies to transform, empower and develop individuals, systems, organizations and contemporary thought. Ms. Bilal specializes in the field of youth development, healing informed organizational development, and strategic fundraising consultation. 
Falilah was raised by parents who are pioneers in the Black Power movement of the 1960s, which instilled within her a foundation dedicated to helping others and a love for all humanity. Ms. Bilal has worked with a plethora of Bay Area youth development agencies, local city government, and independent businesses. Recently, she served as the Executive Director for M.I.S.S.S.E.Y. raising over 2 million dollars in funds to support sexually exploited children and young adults. She has worked for numerous Bay Area agencies including World Trust, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Bay Area CARES Mentoring Movement, GirlSource, Office of Family, Children and Youth, City of Oakland, and the Young Women’s Freedom Center formerly known as the Center for Young Women’s Development. Ms. Bilal holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.A. in Theater Arts and Child Psychology from San Francisco State University. 

This workshop is $95 for non-members. Members receive one free registration and 30% off subsequent registrations. Email Kailin at for the members-only promo code. Not a member? Join us! 

If you have any accommodation needs, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. We'll make every effort to provide them. 

*“Girls” refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).

Understanding Vicarious Trauma

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  • Tuesday Nov 05 2019, 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM, Tuesday Nov 19 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Tuesday Dec 03 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 1201 Preservation Park Way
    Robinson Classroom A
    Oakland, California
    United States