Course Overview

The purpose of this module is to teach mental health professionals about the reality of secondary trauma and how to prevent it. As well as explain what makes secondary trauma different.

  • Duration: 1.0 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0) MCBAP-S (0.0) Mi-CEC (1.0)
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Topics Covered

The Trauma-Informed Approach, Trauma, and Secondary Trauma

This course provides a discussion of these three topics and how all three relate to providing a proper level of care for clients that have suffered trauma. The specific differences between all three subjects will also be provided to participants of this course to help identify the warning signs of secondary trauma in the workplace. This course will also help define secondary trauma for behavioral health professionals. 

Preventing Secondary Trauma

This course has been designed to provide the participants with strategies and best practices for preventing secondary trauma for agency staff. This course will also provide the participants with personal and organizational self-care tactics for those staff members who may be showing signs of secondary trauma.  

Common Elements of Secondary Trauma

The final section of this course provides insight into the common elements of secondary trauma including the potential causes of secondary trauma for agency staff. This section also includes potential strategies for secondary trauma avoidance and care for those staff members who may be suffering from secondary trauma. 

Additional Considerations

A supportive work environment with evidence-based practices along with self-care habits can prevent multiple relapses in secondary trauma.


Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between trauma-informed approach, trauma, and secondary trauma.
  • Develop strategies to prevent secondary trauma, as well as self-care approaches.
  • Identify common elements of secondary trauma that affect agency staff.

What People Are Saying

I was happy with my overall experience with the module. It was user friendly and provided multiple instructions on how to access the next needed section.

- Amber H.