People in helping professions often struggle with secondary trauma (also known as vicarious trauma).┬á This happens when a person becomes overwhelmed by continuous exposure to other people’s trauma.┬á Social workers, law enforcement officers, counselors, first responders, and others can be at risk.┬á Symptoms vary, but can lead to professional burn out, unhealthy coping strategies (like substance abuse) and family or relationship problems.┬á Help is available and healthy coping strategies can help prevent problems.

Developing a Self-Care Plan

Download Secondary Trauma poster (seen below)

Download Law Enforcement Secondary Trauma poster (seen below)