Secondary Trauma

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Secondary Trauma So often, we focus on our clients and not enough on ourselves. The books read remind me to be mindful of self-care. Beginning with Dr. Wicks who is an engaging writer. My perception is that he is very caring, and that is revealed in his work. The seeds of secondary stress and the seeds of true passionate involvement in the fields of counseling, psychology and social work are actually the same seeds.(Wicks, 2008) Secondary trauma or Burn out is a challenge for many individuals the field of counseling. Secondary trauma is commonly referred to as "the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by…show more content…
They arrive consistently late to work and call in sick when healthy; they also express becoming emotionally distant from co-workers. (Remington) The job has taken a toll on their mental and/or physical health to the point where friends and family express concern. (Remington) Upon hearing rumors of layoffs, you pray, "Please, God, take me!" They do not have enough work to keep busy, but lack motivation to seek new assignments. (Remington)Time drags and they constantly watch the clock. The lights around their desk or workspace burn out frequently. Secondary Trauma “I think the most important thing about burnout is to recognize it's a cry for help from the Clinicians poor, exhausted body and untapped spirit”. They say insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. If a Clinicians is experiencing burn out and continue working in the same job at the same pace for the same long hours, they will only get an increased feeling of burnout. It is time to try something, anything, different. Discuss the importance of effective supervision while providing case management. If a Clinicians finds they are going through Burn Out, they should schedule a heart-to-heart with their supervisor. A good supervisor should be able to present a couple of solutions to try. This can be delegating more
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