March 27, 2019

Secondary Traumatic Stress & Self-Care


Working in the field of child welfare is complex, demanding, and can be stressful. Child welfare professionals often spend so much time advocating for children and families that they sometimes overlook the importance of taking care of themselves. While the rewards of helping others are great, the job can take its toll—mentally and physically.


Secondary traumatic stress (STS), also known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue, refers to the experience of people—usually professionals—who are exposed to others’ traumatic stories and as a result can develop their own traumatic symptoms and reactions. Child welfare professionals have to deal with both direct and secondary exposure to dangerous situations—this combination can result in occupational stress.


Taking care of yourself by managing stress and burnout will help professionals be their best.


Self-Care Tips


  • Try to plan ahead of time so that when you are having a bad day you can do something that helps you to relax, feel calm and take your mind off of the stress you are experiencing.

  • Take a break if you need it .

  • Remind yourself of why you do this work. Reflect on what drew you to child welfare as a career and what you want to achieve for children and families in your community through your work.

  • Take time to remember the impact you have made in the lives of others – through your work, in your extended family, in your neighborhood or in your community.

  • Get help from a supervisor or a coworker if you need it.

  • Take care of yourself by eating well, getting rest and creating separation from work.


The Center’s Professional Development and Workforce Support Resources


Dealing with the Effects of Secondary Trauma Video


The Vital Need for Self-Care in Child Welfare


Recently Added Resources:



2017-18 False Reporting Annual Report to the Legislature


CFSR-PIP February Newsletter


CFSR Round 3- 3rd Semi-Annual PIP Report


Upcoming Events

Attention Trainers! DCF Live Web Event: CFOP 170-8: Plan of Safe Care for Infants Affected by Prenatal Substance Use,
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


Presenter: Michele Unger, TCCP Learning and Development Facilitator


The purpose of this training is to educate Pre-Service training professionals of the requirements set forth by CFOP 170-8: Plan of Safe Care for Infants Affected by Prenatal Substance Use. Within the presentation of CFOP 170-8, the TCCP Training Specialist will introduce and review key points as set forth within the operating procedure and relate these elements with the applicable Pre-Service CORE Modules.


This webinar is intended for eligible Pre-Service Trainers.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just in Time Live Webinar: ICPC 101 for Case Managers
Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by:

Shawna Barnes, Deputy Compact Administrator, ICPC, Nevada Division of Children and Family Services


Mical Peterson, Deputy Compact Administrator, ICPC, Minnesota Department of Human Services


Karen Washington, Compact Administrator, ICPC, Louisiana, Department of Children and Family Services

The Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) can pose many challenges to child welfare case managers. This webcast is designed to help case management have a better understanding of the ICPC, and to answer many common questions case managers have about the ICPC.


What does ICPC mean? What does it actually do? How does the process work? What regulations are important to know? What are my responsibilities as a case manager? How can I ensure the ICPC process is most efficient?


Please join our national experts as we explore the basics of ICPC for case managers and learn how to ensure the ICPC process is most efficient to ensure permanency for children. If you have any general questions you would like to ask, you can send your questions to javerett@qpiylc.org.


Please note that specific questions related to a particular situation will not be appropriate for this forum, and only general questions will be responded to.


Click HERE to register.


Statewide Training: Starting Over: An Intensive Family Intervention Workshop for Defiant and Out of Control Children, April 6-7, 2019,
Temple B'nai Israel-Reform, 1685 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764


Don't miss out on this Informative and Interactive Training with Dr. Ronald Federici, a Nationally Acclaimed Developmental Neuropsychologist.


Do you have a child who has not been able to respond effectively and family dynamics that remain unchanged? After a successful training in our community last year, and watching many families find a path for success where they had been unable to before.


The Adoption Advocacy Center is excited to help Dr. Federici reach even more families and professionals. This workshop will be hands on and interactive and well as incredible amounts of resources and information.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: Financial Safety: Protecting Youth from Frauds and Scams, Monday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m. - 3.p.m.


Presented by: Jessica Lorenzi Lead Communications Specialist Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services & Denishia Sword Chief of Education, Advocacy and Research Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services.


An overview of common financial frauds and scams that youth fall victim to, red flags and tips on how to avoid these scams.
A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


Click HERE to register.


Statewide Training: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Centers Spring Training,
May 16-17, 2019, St. Petersburg, FL 33764


The Adoption Professionals track & Independent Living Professionals track will run concurrently over the dates of May 16th & 17th (a detailed agenda will be forthcoming).


The Adoption Track will cover topics related to:

  • Extended Maintenance Adoption Subsidy
  • Guardianship Assistance Program
  • Adoption Reports


The IL Track will cover topics related to:

  • Transition Planning
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Life Skills


Educational Opportunity for Adoptive Parents on Saturday, May 18, 2019


Click HERE to register.




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