Recent Presentations by the Consortium


March 2021 International Symposium - Resources from Continuing the Conversation: An Expert Panel on Solutions for Addressing STS Presentation (PDF)

March 2019 International Symposium - Resources from STS Consortium Panel Presentation (PDF)




Provider Resilience App: Provider Resilience was developed by psychologists at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Department’s primary agency for applying innovative technology to issues of psychological health and traumatic brain injury. (link)



How Can I Select a Good Training on STS? (PDF)

Providing Debriefing and Psychological First Aid to Colleagues (PDF)

Assessment Tools


Functional Impairment from Secondary Traumatic Stress (FISTS) (link)

Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (link)

Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale for DSM 5 (link)

Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale for DSM 5 Pandemic Version (link)


Recommended Books

Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma/Burnout

Borysenko, J. (2011) Fried: Why you Burn out and How to Revive. New York: Hay House.


Mathieu, F. (2012). The compassion fatigue workbook: Creative tools for transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization. New York: Routledge.


Remen, R.N., (1996). Kitchen table wisdom. New York: Riverhead Books.


Rothschild, B. (2006). Help for the helper: The psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.


Saakvitne, K.W., Pearlman, L.A., & the staff of the Traumatic Stress Institute (1996). Transforming the pain: A workbook on vicarious traumatization. New York: W.W. Norton.


Stamm, B.H. (Ed.). (1999). Secondary traumatic stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators (2nd Ed.). Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.


van Dernoot Lipsky, L. & Burke, C. (2009). Trauma stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.


Managing stress in Trauma-exposed Work


Fisher, P. (2017) Resilience, Balance & Meaning Workbook: Supporting our Lives and our Work in High-Stress, Trauma-Exposed Workplaces. (available at


Organizational Health


Fisher, P. (2016) Building Resilient Teams (available at


Posen, D. (2013) Is work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress.

Toronto: Anansi Press.


Grounding Skills & Tools to Manage Exposure


Graham, L. (2013) Bouncing Back: Rewiring your brain for maximum resilience and well-being.

Novato, New World Library.


Trauma and the Body


Nakazawa, D.J. (2015) Childhood Disrupted: How your Biography Becomes your Biology.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa, New York: Atria.


Van Der Kolk, B. (2014) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of

Trauma. New York: Viking Press.


Rothschild, B. (2006). Help for the helper: The psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and

vicarious trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.

Work/Life Balance


Richardson, C. (1999) Take Time for Your Life: a 7 Step Program for Creating the Life you Want. Broadway Books.  


Maté, G. (2004) When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. Toronto: Vintage.


Mindfulness & Self-compassion websites


Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World:


Mindful Self Compassion:

Organizational Health Assessment Tools


The Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment Tool (STSI-OA)


The STSI-OA is a free assessment tool than can be used by organizational representatives at any level to evaluate the degree to which their organization is STS-informed, and able to respond to the impact of secondary traumatic stress in the workplace. The STSI-OA identifies specific areas of strength, and opportunities to implement STS informed policies and practices. (link)

Low Impact Debriefing

Four steps to protect yourself from being "slimed", and to help minimize the risk of traumatizing your colleagues, friends, and family. (link)



A Shift in Perspective: Why it’s Time to Stop Using “Compassion Fatigue” (link)

A discussion with some members of the STS Consortium.  


Balancing Work, Childcare, and Eldercare: A View From the Trenches


In 2011-2012, Dr. Linda Duxbury of Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, and Dr. Christopher Higgins, of the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business, conducted a national study of worklife balance in Canada. Just over 25,000 employed Canadians participated in the study, which focused on the work-life experiences of employed caregivers. (link)

Moving Forward: A Report On the Invisible Toll of Psychological Trauma On Federal Public Safety Workers


Prepared by the Union of Solicitor General Employees of Ontario. June 2017 (link)

Understanding Social Work and Child Welfare: Canadian Survey and Interviews with Child Welfare Experts


Prepared by the Canadian Association of Social Workers. August 2018 (link)


CALiO Online Library

The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO™) is the largest online resource library for child maltreatment professionals. CALiO™ contains professional knowledge, educational materials, full-text publications, and over 3000 keyword-searchable resources. This library is freely accessible to anyone and provides resources to professionals, students, educational institutions, and more. (link)

Headington Institute

Free resources for humanitarian and emergency response workers and organizations. (link)



Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundation (SHIFT) was developed by the Innocent Justice Foundation. Its aim is to provide resources for professionals working fields exposed to child sexual exploitation and abuse materials. (link)


Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center

A project of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, SRCAC is located in Huntsville, Alabama. Funded through the Department of Justice, the SRCAC delivers training and technical assistance to those individuals in the U.S. Southeast Region who provide collaborative and coordinated responses to victims of child abuse. (link)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. (link)

TEND Academy

TEND offers free resources and training to address the complex needs of high stress, trauma-exposed workplaces. (link)