Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress (October 20, 2022)
The Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) training educates clinicians and front-line workers about the symptoms and impact of secondary traumatic stress. Working with clients after the violence of child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, or other critical incidents requires tremendous intensity. It can be very draining on staff and put them at risk for STS. The symptoms of STS can look similar to post-traumatic stress symptoms workers see in their clients and can negatively affect their personal and professional lives. This training helps participants learn how to recognize, respond to, and prevent STS. The training includes reflective activities, self-assessment tools, and interactive group exercises designed to engage participants and create an atmosphere of support and involvement. Participants will gain concrete skills to utilize immediately to prevent and offset secondary traumatic stress, and develop a stronger capacity for longer-term self-protection and self-care.