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Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout, 11/1/2021 8:00:00 AM - 11/1/2024 8:00:00 AM, This 30 minute video includes a definition of Secondary Traumatic Stress, ways to prevent it and reduce the impact. This has a special focus for those who are in a “helping profession”. Many of the tips and strategies are recommended by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Erin Barnett, PhD
Assistant Professor Geisel School of Medicine
Principal Investigator for multiple grants, including Upper Valley Project Launch
Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center

Learning Outcome(s)
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to define secondary traumatic stress and have strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of burnout.

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Bibliographic Material

American Psychological Association. (2014). Self-Care Resources for Psychologists

American Psychological Association. (2008). The Stress-Distress-Impairment Continuum for Psychologists

Gentry, E.J., & Dietz, J.J. (2020). Professional Resilience: Prevention and Resolution of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue. Outskirts Press.

Hopkins, K. M., Cohen-Callow, A., Kim, H. J., Hwang, J. (2010). Beyond intent to leave: Using multiple outcome measures for assessing turnover in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 32,1380-1387.

Hudnall Stamm, B. (2020). Caring for yourself in the face of difficult work: Pocket card.

Hyter, Y., Atchison, B., Henry, J., Sloane, M. & Black-Pond, C. (2002). A Response to Traumatized Children: Developing a Best Practices Model. Occupational therapy in health care. 15. 113-40.

Lee, J., Lim, N., Yang, E., & Lee, S. M. (2011). Antecedents and consequences of three dimensions of burnout in psychotherapists: A meta-analysis. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(3), 252–258.

NCTSN. (2011). Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-serving Professionals

Rothschild, B. (2006). Help for the helper. The psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Van Dernoot Lipsky, L. (2009). Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Volk, K.T., Guarino, K., Edson Grandin, M., & Clervil, R. (2008). What about You? A Workbook for Those Who Work with Others. The National Center on Family Homelessness.

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, Beyond the Cliff Ted Talk

Further resource and infographics:
Compassion Fatigue Self Test

Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL)
ProQOL 5 Test

Self-Care Assessment Worksheet

Echo Training
“How to support someone who has experienced trauma”
“Trauma-informed support for children”
“Do’s and Don’ts of a trauma-informed classroom”

National Child Traumatic Stress Network


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