Child Abuse

Secondary Trauma

The Child Trauma Academy offers several free online courses on a variety of topics, including one that people frequently seem to be searching for: secondary (or vicarious) trauma. The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families uses slides and narrative content, including case studies, broken into 4 lessons:

  1. Introduction to secondary trauma
  2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and secondary trauma
  3. Self-care strategies for combating secondary trauma
  4. Finding resources and getting involved

Each lesson includes as assignment or quiz: some of these might be excellent jumping off points for conversation at staff meetings or team retreats (just a thought).