MDT Mental Health

Self Care Isn’t Enough: Secondary Traumatic Stress Resilience

Room 205 July 23, 2018 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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Saprina Matheny, MSW, LICSW
Rick Valento, MSEd. LPCC

Constantly working with traumatized children and families is hard enough, but our systems continually push us to do more with fewer resources. Staff turnover related to burnout is costly for our systems, takes a toll on our teams, and creates additional burdens in serving children and families. This presentation will discuss how to recognize secondary traumatic stress within ourselves, within our coworkers, and within our supervises. We will explore issues that contribute to vulnerability for secondary traumatic stress, as well as factors that promote resilience. Too often, conversations regarding secondary traumatic stress ignore the effect on supervisors. Those issues along with the use of reflective supervision to promote resilience will also be addressed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will identify personal resiliency factors and vulnerability factors for secondary traumatic stress.
  • Participants will consider what they need from supervisors and systems to reduce the risk of burnout.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


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