Lesson 4: Finding Resources and Getting Involved
Finding Resources and Getting Involved
Secondary Trauma impacts the physical and mental health of
so many individuals in the helping
professions. Front line professionals
working directly in highly stressful
situations or circumstances are at great
risk. Caseworkers and supervisors working in
children's protective services, EMS
professionals, 911 operators, clinicians,
physicians... the list goes on and on.
Fortunately, new technologies, more public awareness, and some policy and practice changes are making it easier to
get information and help. You can help
play a role by sharing what you learn with
your colleagues and coworkers. There are
resources out there -- often difficult to
find and access, but out there nonetheless.
Start by looking on the Web.
Organizations and Internet Resources
There are several
organizations around the country that have
taken the lead in developing materials and
information for persons suffering from
Secondary Traumatic Stress. Two of these
organizations are listed below.
The Traumatic Stress
Institute/ Center for Adult and Adolescent
Psychotherapy is located in South
Windsor, Connecticut and has a dual mission:
(1) to promote understanding and improve
treatment of traumatic stress and (2) to
promote psychology as a discipline and
This Institute has developed some
very useful resources for professionals
struggling with secondary traumatic stress.
Stress Institute/Center for Adult
and Adolescent Psychotherapy
22 Morgans Farms Road
South Windsor, Connecticut 06074
is the home of psychologist, Dr.
Charles Figley, a pioneer in the field of
compassion fatigue or secondary trauma. Dr.
Figley is the founding Editor of the Journal
of Traumatic Stress and has written many
articles and books on compassion fatigue or
secondary traumatic stress.
The Traumatology Institute
School of Social Work
Florida State University
C2500 University Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2570
International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS),
founded in 1985, provides a forum for the
sharing of research, clinical strategies,
public policy concerns and theoretical
formulations on trauma in the United States
and around the world. ISTSS is dedicated to
the discovery and dissemination of knowledge
and to the stimulation of policy, program
and service initiatives that seek to reduce
traumatic stressors and their immediate and
International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies
60 Revere Drive, Suite 500
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
The ChildTrauma Academy provides direct services for maltreated and traumatized children, conducts research, and develops programmatic innovations within the public and private systems that are mandated to protect, heal, and educate children. The ChildTrauma Web site is updated regularly, so you will want to check it often as new links and articles are posted.
It is also the organization hosting this course!
The ChildTrauma Academy