It is essential for CACs and MDTs to discuss the emotional, mental, and physical toll from working in the field of child abuse. Individual staff should have the opportunity to evaluate their own resilience and learn strategies to combat vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue and burnout. We need to educate new team members, as well as seasoned employees, to understand the impact, identify any physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, to then address ways to build resilience.
- NRCAC Self Care Checklist
- Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals from NCTSN
- Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium Resources
- Secondary Traumatic Stress Core Competencies for Trauma-Informed Support and Supervision: Cross Disciplinary Version from NCTSN
- Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Practice: Trauma-informed Guidelines for Organizations
- Understanding Secondary Traumatic Stress from NCTSN
- Vicarious Trauma Toolkit