Secondary trauma: what it is and how you can reduce its impact on yourself and your teams

10/13/2020 12:00 - 13:00

Day in, day out, social workers struggle to function in work with children and families that constantly presents heart wrenching, emotional challenges. Secondary trauma is the emotional impact of dealing with trauma on those in helping professions. Secondary trauma differs from stress or burnout as it involves the emotional fallout of bearing witness to the pain of others. It is an occupational hazard of helping.

Attend this session to understand:

  • The key differences between secondary trauma and stress and burnout.
  • The effect that secondary trauma has on you as a person and a professional, on your organisation and on service users.
  • How you can reduce its impact.
  • What managers can do to support staff to reduce the impact of secondary trauma.

Lori Goossen, principal children and families social worker, Medway Council