Secondary Traumatic Stress Webinar

Title: Secondary Traumatic Stress Webinar

Date Recorded: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Description: Working with those who have been exposed to violence and trauma can impact the way we think, feel and (re)act, yet there is little information about how to mitigate the effects of this impact. This webinar will introduce participants to the similarities and differences between burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary and vicarious trauma and will offer information about how to identify these in themselves and others. Participants will learn about successful self-care strategies, for the work and home environment, as well as ideas for how to combat the “self-care pitfalls” we all tend to fall into. Finally, this workshop will discuss resiliency and will offer participants suggestions and tools for increasing resiliency within themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the distinctions between compassion satisfaction, burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.
  2. Participants will be able to identify secondary traumatic stress reactions in themselves and others.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the importance of self-care.
  4. Participants will acquire strategies to help manage secondary traumatic stress and increase personal resiliency.


  • Rebecca Brown, LCSW, Clinical/Implementation Coordinator, The Maine Children’s Initiative/Portland Defending Childhood Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Allegra Hirsh-Wright, LCSW, RYT, Clinical Implementation Coordinator, Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Community Counseling Center)