Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Child welfare staff play a central role in our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families. The rewards of the work can be great—but so, too, can be stressors related to organizational climate, workload, and physical and psychological safety. Staff turnover among child welfare staff is high—as much as 25% per year—and the cost to agencies in terms of hiring, morale, and quality of service is substantial. And the #1 reason staff leave? The agency. Not the stress of working with traumatized children and families, but stress-related conditions within the agency itself that become unbearable.

CANTASD is focusing on secondary traumatic stress (STS) as it affects the workforce. We will be offering peer learning opportunities and resources on organizational strategies to support the workforce, as well as individual self-care. Use the menu to the left to browse our library of curated resources.


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Supporting Child Welfare Staff: The Critical First Three Months

Digital Dialogue | Workforce Support

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This Digital Dialogue details organizational strategies for orienting new staff to a trauma-exposed work environment and supporting them during those critical first 3 months.

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Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress

Resource Collection | Workforce Support

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CANTASD presented a skills seminar on Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress at the 2018 Child Welfare Virtual Expo. Download handouts and resources to learn more.


Multidimensional Human Services Workplace Stress

Micro-Presentation | Workforce Support

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Stress is a significant issue for those who work in child welfare and other human service agencies. Understanding the complex sources of stress can help us address it effectively. Watch a 7-minute micro-presentation by Alan O'Malley-Laursen on multi-dimensional human services workplace stress.