Secondary Trauma and Self-care


Traumatized children and young people can struggle with their own relational and emotional worlds and this can have a significant impact on those working with and caring for them. The concepts of secondary trauma, burn out and stress will be explored in terms of what they mean and how they can be experienced. An informal self-assessment of current levels of impact will be undertaken and a self-care strategy created for all participants including self-care exercises that participants can take away.

Teaching Methods

Course material provided will be delivered via description and dialogue by the facilitator supported by some power point slides. The emphasis of the day will be on participants own experience of the impact of the work on them and practical exercises to assess and address any current issues or prevent adverse impact.

Length of Course

This is a one day training course lasting four to six hours depending on organisational and attendee needs and requirements.


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart

Group Size

Minimum group size 6. Can be taught to up to 15 at one time.

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is will be of significant use and helpfulness to anyone working with children and young people in a range of contexts and particularly traumatised, vulnerable and hard to reach populations.

No previous knowledge of secondary trauma or self-care is required and this course can be offered at a variety of levels.

Main benefits

To understand the concepts of secondary trauma and self-care. To undertake an informal self-assessment of the impact of your current work or caring setting and to learn self-care strategies including leaving the day with a self-care strategy.


The power point presentation will be made available after the training

A list of readings and resources will be provided at the end of the power point

Other Related or Connected Courses

Lead Associate/Associate Skills, Knowledge

MA level professionally qualified practitioners with a wide variety of skills as trainers, lecturers and educators. They offer extensive theory to practice knowledge and experience of attachment theory and include psychotherapists, consultant nurses and social workers, psychologists and related health professionals.

Next Steps

We encourage any organisation which would like to make use of our courses and training to contact us to discuss.
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