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
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This helps workers to think critically, prioritize tasks, and communicate effectively. Being a good supervisor also requires a relational approach to supervision. This means creating a relationship is very important to the job of being a supervisor and to the job of being an individual provider. Creating a working relationship of mutual trust and respect improves the likely hood that the needs of both
Clinicians and Supervisor are met. In traditional supervision, supervisors learn to identify problems, offer solutions and explain consequences if someone broke the rules. Supervisors should do this in a way that maintains

Secondary Trauma

the working relationship, meeting the needs of Clinicians in the process.
The Resilient Clinician is a good book with sound advice on how to take care of one self. The suggestions are put into some type of personal protocol. Exercise - physical, mental and spiritual all pays off in the long stretch. Discuss ways to build a positive support network as a defense against burn out.
Clinicians should always take a lunch break, even if it is just a 20minute walk around the parking lot. Clinicians should focus on things they can control, such as getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising and connecting with friends in their support network. If there is not much support or change on the horizon, Clinicians

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