The Cost of Caring:
 Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families

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Books and Articles On Secondary Trauma

Although the Internet is a terrific resource, let's not discount the value of the good, old-fashioned book!  Here are the key references used to create elements of this course:

Figley, C.R. (Ed.) (1995). Compassion fatigue: Coping with secondary traumatic stress in those who treat the traumatized. New York: Brunner/Mazel

This book consists of eleven chapters each written by different specialists in the field. The purpose of this very readable and informative book is to bring into clear focus the psychological vulnerability of crisis workers exposed daily to trauma victims and the efforts that can be made towards averting compassion fatigue.


Stamm, B.H. (1995). Secondary traumatic stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators. Maryland: Sidran Press.

This landmark volume in the field of secondary traumatic stress includes articles by fifteen highly respected professionals in the field. This book will broaden and deepen your understanding of secondary traumatic stress. It will be very useful to trainers and clinicians alike.


Stamm, B.H. (1997) Work-related secondary traumatic stress. PTSD Research Quarterly 5:2 1-6

This is an excellent summary and review of the status of this emerging field.


Pines, A., Aronson,E., & Kafry, D. (1981) Burnout: From tedium to personal growth. New York: Free Press.

These three authors have published extensively on the subject of burnout and are recognized as experts in their field.


Saakvitne, K., & Pealman, L. (1996) Transforming the pain: A workbook on vicarious traumatization. New York: W.W. Norton

These two authors and their colleagues at The Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy have put together a short, but inspiring book about secondary trauma. It includes information about why we are risk for developing secondary trauma and techniques we can employ to protect ourselves.


These resources are periodically updated and posted in a special section of the ChildTrauma Academy web site http://www.ChildTrauma.org. Visit this site for updates and for other resource materials about traumatic events and children.


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