Impact of Working with Trauma SurvivorsWorking with trauma survivors can be enormously rewarding. Providing good care that leads to positive outcomes fosters a sense of accomplishment. Many providers report that they have been inspired by their clients and appreciate the ability to take different perspectives on their own challenges as a result. Providers have noted positive changes in goals or priorities, increased hopefulness, and greater resilience.1,2
As in all professions, workplace stress can impact you. There are a number of research studies that identify unique stress reactions among those who provide trauma care. Burnout, secondary traumatic stress (STS), compassion fatigue (CF), and vicarious traumatization (VT) are some of the terms used to describe the emotional impact that some providers experience when treating those who have experienced traumatic stress.