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Secondary Traumatic Stress

A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals 


Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the first hand trauma experiences of another. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Accordingly, individuals affected by secondary stress may find themselves re-experiencing personal trauma or notice an increase in arousal and avoidance reactions related to the indirect trauma exposure. 

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Vicarious Trauma Resources

Six Dimensions of a Vicarious Trauma Fre
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