Remaining Human: An exploration of spacial modifications that enable us to work alongside vicarious trauma


What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be a ‰’professional‰’? In an attempt to be more efficient, meet quotas, manage large case loads and sustain work/life pressures, perhaps we unknowingly leave some of our human-ness behind. This workshop explores how to remain human, in spite of vicarious trauma and the potential for burnout. It is possible for vicarious trauma to arise in any space that supports those experiencing difficulty and hardship. For members of our LGBTIQA+ community, this far too often a reality. But how does exposure to vicarious trauma affect us? Managing transference and vicarious trauma will be investigated using spacial modelling to explore the practice of taking space. We will be particularly focusing around the experience of working within communities that you also identity/belong to. Remaining human should not to be mistaken as an individual issue, it is just as equally an organisation/institutional/systems issue. Using dialectics we will hopefully move towards synthesis on how to achieve a safe(r) space for organisations and individuals.


Panda Cheong |

Panda Cheong is a dreamer, dialectician and psychologist, with several years experience in the mental health sector and decades of experience living with mental illness. Panda uses illustration and metaphor to reflect and analyse the ways that the individual, beliefs, archetypes, organisations, systems and society coexist in helpful and sometimes unhelpful ways.