Secondary Traumatic Stress – CASA Self Care

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

For therapists, child welfare workers, case managers, and other
helping professionals involved in the care of traumatized children and their
families, the essential act of listening to trauma stories may take an emotional toll that compromises professional functioning and diminishes quality of life. Individual and supervisory awareness of the impact of this indirect trauma exposure—referred to as secondary traumatic stress—is a basic part of protecting the health of the worker and ensuring that children consistently receive the best possible care from those who are committed to helping them.

Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a concise overview of secondary traumatic stress and its potential impact on child-serving professionals. It also outlines options for assessment, prevention, and interventions relevant to secondary stress.


Webinar – Secondary Traumatic Stress: Understanding the Impact of Trauma Work