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Secondary trauma is "the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person."


Secondary Trauma

Secondary TraumaCaring professionals work with children, adults and families who have been traumatized or are in serious distress. They listen to their stories and feel their pain, helplessness and loss of hope. Often this empathic engagement can lead to secondary trauma.

About Secondary Trauma

Secondary trauma is commonly referred to as "the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person."*   Vicarious trauma  is the term used to describe the "cumulative transformative effect of working with survivors of traumatic life events."**

This website will help answer:

  • Who is at risk for secondary trauma?
  • What are some common symptoms of secondary trauma?
  • Why should organizations be concerned about secondary trauma and its impact on their staff?

Additionally, the site will offer more information on secondary trauma prevention training and consultation provided by David Conrad, LCSW. David Conrad has been a social worker for 36 years and has spent the last 14 years working exclusively in the area referred to as secondary trauma.





What is Secondary Trauma?

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Contact David Conrad, LCSW
Senior Instructor with Distinction
University of Colorado School of Medicine

303-503-7192

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