One of the major concerns for every Children’s Advocacy Center and multidisciplinary team that serves children is the effect of secondary traumatic stress on staff and team members. Those in the field know serving children with such horrific experiences can take a toll on the mind.
To address this challenge, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network have teamed up to offer a great new resource, completely free of charge. Together, they created Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Practice: Trauma-Informed Guidelines for Organizations. This valuable resource is designed to assist the leadership of child welfare agencies and other child- and family-serving organizations support their workforce and provide concrete strategies for approaching secondary traumatic stress.