Resources for Professionals to Help Prevent Secondary Traumatic Stress

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network –

This collaborative of organizations and individuals has a workgroup on secondary traumatic stress, and several of its other subgroups focus on this issue as well. Resources of interest include a speaker series, fact sheet, juvenile justice toolkit, (secondary trauma is covered in Module IV) and child welfare toolkit (Module 6 addresses secondary traumatic stress). 

NCTSN’s website also includes links to important new resources developed by others, such as the Spring 2012 issue of CW360 on “Secondary Trauma and the Child Welfare Workforce.”  

Resilience Alliance -

A project of the ACS NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, the Resilience Alliance offers a 24-week program for New York City child welfare workers, as well as several resources accessible to professionals outside of New York. 

Their Practice Brief on Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Child Welfare Professionals ( shares basic information, provides recommendations for agencies wishing to address the issue and explains their training for child welfare workers.  

The training uses concepts of “optimism, mastery and collaboration” to help staff become more resilient through the use of emotion regulation and other skills. Workers participating in the training feel fewer negative emotions about work and more supported by their supervisors, with the biggest impact being seen on newly hired staff. The Resilience Alliance’s training manual, which contains lessons and handouts, as well as breathing, meditation and other self-care exercises, is available online: (  

Compassion Fatigue Solutions –

This Canadian company led by Dr. Françoise Mathieu offers publications, training and consulting services. Their blog offers free resources, ranging from literature reviews to general self-care and wellness articles, and announcements of new publications about compassion fatigue.