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Provider Strategies for Coping with Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Provider Strategies for Coping with Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Date Created: 08/26/2016
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic

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Provider Strategies for Coping with Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress Author(s):

Robyn Walser, PhD

Katherine Juhasz, MS

Patricia Watson, PhD

Katharine S. Edwards, PhD


This course reviews the research on burnout and secondary traumatic stress (STS). Users can assess their own levels of burnout and STS before learning about a variety of coping strategies for offsetting the effects of each. This course provides clinician-informed information.

Features include interactive exercises, clinical vignettes, handouts for easy reference, and tips on knowing when and how to seek help.

  • Define burnout and secondary traumatic stress, in addition to related terms (e.g., compassion fatigue), and differentiate these from general stress.
  • Identify at least two personally held values related to working with PTSD patients.
  • Regall two to four brief intervention strategies, including behavioral and psychological strategies.
  • Summarize practical implementation strategies (e.g., reminders).
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