This important course is for all who work with traumatized people. Explore the “Stress Continuum,” the levels of stress including eustress (i.e., beneficial, motivating stress), traumatic stress, burnout, counter transference, compassion fatigue or secondary PTSD, and vicarious traumatization which may occur as a result of helping others. A discussion of coping strategies for those who work with traumatized children will also be offered. Individual self-report exercises and an experiential group support session will assist the participating trauma provider in assessing their own level of stress through sharing personal experiences with others. Stress management self-care techniques will be presented, experienced, and discussed. This course is appropriate for all mental health professionals, emergency services personnel, and peer counselors.
· The “Stress continuum”
· Signs and symptoms of excessive stress
· Stress as related to work as a “trauma provider”
· A variety of stress management techniques
· Stress management in relation to “context”
· Vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue and burnout
· Stress “resilience”
· Achieve resilience and effective self care
· Motivating factors for the work we do
· Working with trauma survivors
Completion of “Stress Management for the Trauma Service Provider” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.