Tribal child welfare staff are exposed to the traumas of others on a regular basis and are at increased risk to experience symptoms of secondary traumatic stress. This webinar discussed the personal, professional, and organizational impacts of secondary traumatic stress and the unique resiliency factors present in tribal communities. Traditional practices and western methodologies that support resiliency and mitigate the impacts of secondary traumatic stress were shared.
Presenters from the National Native Children’s Trauma Center: Laura Guay, MSW and Lisa Stark, MSW What is secondary traumatic stress? Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) can be characterized as the distress that results from direct or indirect exposure to another person’s trauma experiences. Symptoms of STS vary and can mirror symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); left unaddressed and unattended, STS can turn into PTSD. Secondary Traumatic Stress can be debilitating on personal and professional levels for tribal child welfare staff as well as negatively impact the quality of service delivery and overall programmatic functioning.