Preventing Secondary Trauma and Burnout in Child Welfare

(Half day)

This training was developed for child welfare supervisors. The training takes the perspective that secondary trauma and burnout are mood disorders that lead to and parallel the hopeless/ helpless attitudes of chronically referring family members. The first part of the training summarizes information from depression studies and from research regarding trauma. Early symptoms of burnout and secondary trauma are discussed, a discussion that draws on Elizabeth Ford's book, Sometimes Amazing Things Happen.  This part of the training discusses the relationship between experiences of powerlessness, depression and trauma. 


The second part of the training describes strategies for preventing secondary trauma and other mood disorders, with an emphasis on cohesive units, trustworthy leadership, acquisition of influence, exercise of initiative, risk taking and continuous learning.

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