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The Cost of Caring:

Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families

This is a free course for all interested.  Please note that we do not offer certificate of completion to participants.

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The Cost of Caring -- Course Contents
Introduction to Secondary Trauma
Lesson 1
Assignment 1
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and Secondary Trauma
Lesson 2
Quiz 1
Self-Care Strategies for Combating Secondary Trauma
Lesson 3
Quiz 2
Finding Resources and Getting Involved
Lesson 4
Assignment 4

Course Materials: Enhance your class experience with these author-selected resources. Optional. 

Treating Compassion Fatigue Book
Charles R. Figley (Editor)   March 2000

At focus in this volume are the assessment, treatment, and prevention of Compassion Fatigue. Through examination of contemporary theory and research, leaders in the field come together to further clarify the concept of Compassion Fatigue. Case studies address the trauma of working with special populations such as children, victims of terrorism, and major disaster survivors. New and innovative treatment methods offer comprehensive plans for recovery from burnout and the prevention strategies provided will be of use to those in the helping professions. Treating Compassion Fatigue will bring to light the "cost of caring" for those in emotional distress, allowing professionals to fully prosper in their compassionate efforts.

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Compassion Fatigue: Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorders in People Who Treat the Traumatized Book
Edited by Charles R. Figley, a renowned pioneer in the field of traumatic stress studies, this book consists of eleven chapters, each written by a different specialist in the field. It addresses such questions as: What are compassion stress and compassion fatigue? What are the unintended, and often unexpected, deleterious effects of providing help to traumatized people? What are some examples of cases in which individuals were traumatized by helping, and how were they traumatized? What are the characteristics of the traumatized caregiver (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, age, interpersonal competence, experience with psychological trauma) that account for the development, sustenance, preventability, and treatability of secondary traumatization? Is there a way to theoretically account for all these factors? What are the characteristics of effective programs to prevent or ameliorate compassion stress and its unwanted consequences?
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