Helping professionals must use specific interventions to meet the needs of those who are experiencing vicarious trauma. Many interventions not only address personal and professional needs but organizational practices as well. For example, if a trauma-response helping professional is scheduled to work overtime by his or her employer repeatedly, he or she might address this issue to reduce the risk or further development of vicarious trauma.
- Post your thoughts on whether vicarious trauma interventions should address organizational practices and explain why.
- Then describe one type of intervention specific to organizational practices that would be appropriate for different types of trauma response helping professionals and explain why.
Use the resources and current literature to support your response.
Bercier, M. L., & Maynard, B. R. (2015). Interventions for secondary traumatic stress with mental health workers: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(1), 81-89.
Hormann, S., & Vivian, P. (2005). Toward an understanding of traumatized organizations and how to intervene in them. Traumatology, 11(3), 159-169. doi:10.1177/153476560501100302
Levenson, J. (2017). Trauma-informed social work practice. Social Work, 62(2), 105-113.
Wilson, F. (2016). Identifying, preventing, and addressing job burnout and vicarious burnout for social work professionals. Journal Of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(5), 479-483. doi:10.1080/23761407.2016.1166856