Recognizing Secondary Trauma Stress

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ptive Challenges Social workers in child protective service units need secondary trauma stress (STS) support groups. Child protective social workers may be involved in stressful situations including, but not limited to: Removal of children from their homes Exposure to horrific levels of child abuse Threats by clients or clients' relatives Other traumatic scenarios. Prior attempts to address the issue at the office have been unsuccessful Temporary measures No attempts at long-term support The adaptive challenge in the organization would be to implement long-term secondary support groups for the child protective workers. Currently, the Department of Children and Families is implement two of these secondary trauma stress (STS) support groups: coping groups aimed specifically at helping workers involved in traumatic situations and facilitated peer groups that allow workers to discuss how the work impacts them (Kahn, 2011). The commitments and values that support the change Concern for the welfare of others Knowledge that self-care is a critical component to being able to care for others. Social workers who are suffering from STS may find themselves unable to do their jobs effectively. They may also find that they are impacted outside of their working lives. They may experience anger, feelings of hopelessness, problems engaging with their family, and may even begin to view the world as a bad place (Stoesen, 2007). Without a means of dealing with these
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