Secondary Traumatic Stress Resources2021-10-27T15:06:14-06:00
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“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Working with traumatized children and families and listening to and helping them process their trauma stories is an “occupational hazard” for child protection professionals that has not always been well understood or addressed. Fortunately, more researchers and organizations have focused on Secondary Traumatic Stress in recent years, and their work has led to the creation of many critical resources for individuals and organizations who need help managing STS and improving the well-being of child-serving professionals.

In partnership with the Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, we have gathered resources from organizations we know that are doing excellent work in preventing, treating, and managing STS. If you have any questions or comments about these resources, contact resources@ispcan.org.

Please click on the video below to watch an introduction to STS and this page by Dr. Zlatina Kostova, Director of Training at CTTC.

Resources from Key STS Organizations

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

NCTSN has a variety of resources for child welfare professionals including a Core Competencies in Trauma-Informed Supervision self-rating tool, the Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA) Tool, and a training manual for Promoting Resilience and Reducing Secondary Trauma Among Child Welfare Staff.

Univ. of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children

The CTC offers a variety of resources for child welfare professionals including a Core Competencies in Trauma-Informed Supervision self-rating tool, the Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA) Tool, and a training manual for Promoting Resilience and Reducing Secondary Trauma Among Child Welfare Staff.

STS Consortium

The STS Consortium is a group of researchers, trainers, practitioners and advocates with a common goal of advancing the field of secondary traumatic stress towards health. They offer many free resources including “Best Practices for Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Consensus Guidelines for Professionals and Organizations.” 

National Children’s Advocacy Center

NCAC’s online library, CALiO Collections™, is an assortment of thousands of unrestricted full-text publications, videos, audio files, articles, reports, and more, searchable by key word(s). 

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Developed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) includes tools and resources specifically designed for those in the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, and law enforcement to provide the knowledge and skills needed for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.  Includes A Gecko’s Guide to Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Staff and Volunteers. 

ISTSS

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress. Publisher of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, ISTSS also offers public resources including briefing papers, a blog, public education e-pamphlets and more.

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