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‘Vicarious who?’

Responds a first year law student studying at UNSW who knows the two words only when separated: vicarious trauma.

Upon explanation, Alisha was quick to respond.

“I never think debriefing is enough,” she said.

Alisha is a first year law student at the University of New South Wales

“A lot of issues require follow up and often in the legal system or any system in general they don’t have the resources in which to do that but I do think it’s something worth putting resources into.”

“You could think you fixed a problem with your debrief but it will emerge again later.”

As a third year student, Haya Kayium was unaware of the word also.

However, she explained her thoughts on debriefing and counselling.

“To some extent I think that counselling is not always the correct method for some patients, it can trigger a lot of unfortunate events in their life and emotions.”

“It depends on the individual or the timing of an event.”

Haya wants to see a more directive approach towards mental health issues.

“I think some people overlook the aspect of counselling and there maybe counsellors who aren’t as professional as what is required so there should be greater standards for those who practice counselling, who offer these types of mediation.”

“A greater focus on the trauma individual’s face and more recognition of the traumatic events they go through life,” she said.

Haya aged 21 is studying law and commerce at Macquarie University


Ash is an engineering student at the University of New South Wales

Ash also said, “I believe there should be more, like a psychologist or psychiatrist in the company.”

Ian Till aged 51 from St. Ives is a HR Consultant

Till also said, “I think there’s a need to change.”

That change is rooted from not only counselling and debriefs but the legal system itself.

“The law is obscure, it seeks to define justice and help those who are suffering but the law is always focusing on the greater achievement of society rather than focusing on the individual,” said Kaiyum.

“It’s not always the way to go and is overlooked.”

by Raqiya Ahmed