Stop! Dont Slime- Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals

Stop! Dont Slime: Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-03-21
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Stop! Dont Slime: Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals
Unit 2 Transcript: Stop! Dont Slime: Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals
Unit 3 Workbook: Stop! Dont Slime: Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals
Unit 4 Recording: Stop! Dont Slime: Lessons in Debriefing for Criminal Justice Professionals

What is slime? Nope, we’re not talking about that sticky science experiment glue-based goo. The slime that this webinar aims to explore is that feeling of discomfort that seeps in when we are exposed to heavy, even traumatic information without consenting to consuming it.

Here to explain the concept of sliming, its intricacies, and how to dodge the slime is Tamara Glover. Tamara is a wellness curator with a professional background in trauma-informed practices. She has 10 years of victim services experience within various sectors ranging from government to the non-profit sector.

Specifics of this discussion include:

  • Differentiating sliming from other related concepts such as venting, vicarious trauma, or compassion fatigue by going into each one’s distinguishing characteristics and how they manifest.
  • Understanding vicarious trauma based on the spectrum of available responses.
  • What sliming is based on what occurs, the information that is transmitted, the unintentional nature with which it transpires, and how it impacts the listener/s.
  • The characteristics and what occurs when professionals unknowingly absorb trauma from others’ stories which subsequently influences emotional well-being.
  • How awareness is a key component in reducing the likelihood of sliming in workspaces which consequently impacts employee morale, job satisfaction, and retention.
  • The study that laid out the components that constitute sliming and the challenges with measuring, navigating, gauging tolerance, and the ebb and flow of human experience that affects establishing prevention and intervention methods.
  • An integration exercise illustrating how our emotions ebb and flow across points in time and how tolerance changes across time and amongst individuals.
  • The concept of role-taking and emotional labor that makes those in helping professions great at connecting people but also susceptible to sliming, and difficult to spot when sliming is occurring.
  • Strategies for mitigating sliming through prevention and intervention focus on:
    • Practicing mindfulness through breathwork, self-check-ins, and taking breaks.
    • Reflecting on and having awareness of what is the root that causes the sliming.
    • A top-down and bottom-up approach to intervention that integrates the individual, the team, and the management.
    • An action plan that allows to intervene or interrupt when sliming is unintentionally started.
    • Establishing clear boundaries and ensuring conversations about traumatic cases are consensual, with an opt-out option, and is mindful of potential impacts.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • The distinction between sliming and venting.
  • Facilitating non-sliming processing of emotions.
  • How sliming is not exclusive in professional spaces.
  • Introducing the concept of sliming to management in an attempt to mitigate it.


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Audience Comments

  • “I learned the difference in communicating with peers and subordinates. We want to help and rally the team; but, sometimes we create more stress with current methods. Great presentation on applying solutions in a different more effective manner.”
  • “Great topic, I’ve just started to learn about it specifically referred to as Sliming. It has happened lots of times through my career, both to me and from me. Excellent use of the time to really cover what it is as well as some possible solutions at multiple levels. SO GOOD!”
  • “I had not realized that in all my years of working in law enforcement and now the army how I could possibly be sliming others. I know that I have been slimed many, many times. I just did not realize there was a term for that. I will definitely do better about not sliming others.”
  • “I thought the presenter gave a clear and interesting introduction to the topic of sliming and how it can be helpful in thinking about work in a criminal justice setting. I think this is a topic that can be easily discussed and applied in work team meetings and day-to-day work environments as it is more normative and less pathological than secondary PTSD etc.”
  • “It was a very interesting and relevant topic for victim advocates with new research. We also discussed ways to implement safeguards against sliming. I enjoyed it.”
  • “This training had very valuable information that I could use in the work area and in my personal life.”
  • “This was a new concept for me and definitely occurs within Corrections. I appreciated the information.”
  • “The training provided clarity on the fine line between Sliming and Venting. The difference is that Sliming focuses more on what the other person is experiencing rather than simply your reaction. Also, be more mindful of how the person you are sharing with could possibly be affected by the information. It does promote more awareness towards the reality that our colleagues or clients may be experiencing.”
  • “LOVED Tamara! Very informative, engaging, and humourous presentation on something that impacts us more than we realize. Will be signing up for their Oct webinar!!”




NACP and D-SAACP Advocates can earn 1 CEU by attending this webinar through the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Advocacy (NOVA) is dedicated to the professionalization, leadership and future of the victim advocacy field. To learn more about NOVA, visit




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