Occutrauma Family Support services support members and their families to learn about the impact of trauma on families, relationships and children. For family members living with a Uniformed Personnel or First Responder the long-term exposure to hearing stories, worrying about a spouse and watching the effects of unsupported or untreated Occupational Stress Injuries can be directly related to relationship problems.
Family members hearing traumatic stories over time can lead to Secondary Trauma symptoms. Secondary Trauma, often called Vicarious Trauma, is defined as “Exposure to the trauma of others by providers, family members, partners or friends in close contact with the traumatized individual”.
Our program provides support and education on how family members can take care of themselves, their children, and their partners. Emphasis is placed on education and skill building such as self-care, self-understanding, relationship building and interpersonal communication.