Vicarious Trauma Resources

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Working with children and families who have experienced abuse may affect professionals in profound ways – both positively and negatively. The way this work impacts individuals and organizations is complex and there are many terms and constructs which serve to give us a common language to describe our lived experiences. Once you have heard the stories of children and families coming through the doors of your agency, the world looks and feels like a different place than it did before you began this work.

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness and understanding that both individuals and organizations need information, training, and resources to mitigate the negative effects and leverage the positive effects of vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress. This issue affects both individuals and organizations, and both have responsibility to address this issue which can interfere with the delivery of optimal services.
This page provides information and resources to create responses that will allow organizations to create environments to support staff and multidisciplinary team members. The Vicarious Trauma Plan Guide offers numerous suggestions and resources, many of them free of charge. The other resources listed are devoted to providing information so the dedicated professionals who work with traumatized children have the opportunity to develop career-sustaining strategies.
For questions about any of the resources listed, please contact Karen Hangartner, Project Director, Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bibliography

NCAC's Digital Information Librarian has created a selected bibliography of the professional research regarding vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress. Included are English language articles, reports, books, and book chapters. Author abstracts are provided unless otherwise noted. International publications are included. 

Research

The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO) provides access to a significant portion of the research on vicarious trauma. These publications are freely accessible and listed in date descending order. Restricted access publications are not included. 

Resources

 A number of resources including the Vicarious Trauma Plan Guide are available to assist with planning and implementation.

Training

NCAC and other organizations deliver evidence-based training via recorded online trainings and live and archived webinars, presented by subject matter experts.