Due 03/11/2019

How can personal factors such as gender, coping skills, or unresolved personal trauma history impact symptom development of vicarious trauma? What factors would make a difference in your own experience as a helping professional?

  • Post an explanation of the strategies you might employ as a helping professional when dealing with vicarious trauma.
  • Explain how helping professionals with untreated vicarious trauma might impact their work with clients and client systems.
  • Provide an explanation of your ethical obligations to deal with your own vicarious trauma.


Morrissette, P. J. (2004). The pain of helping: Psychological injury of helping professionals. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

  • Chapter 5, “Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder” (previously read in Week 2)
  • Chapter 7, “Vicarious Traumatization” (previously read in Week 2)

Harker, R., Pidgeon, A. M., Klaassen, F., & King, S. (2016). Exploring resilience and mindfulness as preventative factors for psychological distress burnout and secondary traumatic stress among human service professionals. Work: Journal Of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 54(3), 631-637. doi:10.3233/WOR-162311

Ludick, M., & Figley, C. R. (2017). Toward a mechanism for secondary trauma induction and reduction: Reimagining a theory of secondary traumatic stress.Traumatology, 23(1), 112-123. doi:10.1037/trm0000096