Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor

Dr. Edward Roth

Second Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Fiore


The occurrence of burnout amongst healthcare workers and other helping professionals is a persistent problem, despite efforts made by individuals and organizations to prevent countertransference and the accompanying negative personal experiences. Vicarious resilience is a relatively new concept, highlighting the benefits one may experience from professional encounters with those who have survived trauma or other difficult life circumstances. Previous research detailing the personal effects of trauma work is predominantly negative, warning of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. This scoping review examines emerging evidence on vicarious resilience, featuring a more hopeful outlook for helping professionals. Recommendations from the research guiding professionals to experience vicarious resilience for themselves is included. Two original vicarious resilience practices are introduced.

Included in

Music Therapy Commons