Secondary Traumatic Stress (Vicarious Trauma)

It is essential for CACs and MDTs to discuss the emotional, mental, and physical toll from working in the field of child abuse. Individual staff should have the opportunity to evaluate their own resilience and learn strategies to combat vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue and burnout.  We need to educate new team members, as well as seasoned employees, to understand the impact, identify any physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms, to then address ways to build resilience.