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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)



  • 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) (PDF)

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (PDF)

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale for DSM 5 (PDF)

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale for DSM 5 Pandemic Version (PDF)

  • Self-Care Questionnaire (excerpted from “Resilience, Balance and Meaning” by Dr. Patricia Fisher) (PDF)

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.

  • Miller, B. C. (2021) Reducing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Skills for Sustaining a Career in the Helping Professions. 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


Organizational Health Assessment Tools


  • STS Core Competencies in Trauma-Informed Supervision This guide is intended to be a developmental assessment for supervisors, to help identify areas of need, and to guide the user to resources to strengthen those areas of competency. (link) (Multidisciplinary version)

  • 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)

  • The University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children STS Policy Analysis Tool (STS-PAT) This tool follows standards of care that indicate that STS is best considered from a primary and secondary prevention perspective and assists organizations in understanding more about the content and scope of existing policies, how they are developed and implemented, and whether desired outcomes are being achieved. (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. (PDF)



  • A Shift in Perspective: Why it’s Time to Stop Using “Compassion Fatigue” In this panel discussion, Françoise Mathieu is joined by three experts in the field of provider impairment to bring clarity to the current state of terminology and discuss why the term compassion fatigue should be replaced by empathic strain. (link)

  • Well@Work Podcast Series Produced by the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children (link)

  • Beyond Self Care with Francoise Mathieu Produced by The Trauma Therapist Project (link)


  • 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. (PDF)

  • 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 (PDF)

  • Understanding Social Work and Child Welfare: Canadian Survey and Interviews with Child Welfare Experts Prepared by the Canadian Association of Social Workers. August 2018 (PDF)


  • Feet on the Floor: Grounding Technique with Diana Tikasz, MSW (7 minutes) (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)

  • Kentucky Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center From the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC). The Innovations and Solutions Center offers free trainings and resources on STS. (link)

  • SHIFT 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)

  • University of Kentucky Well@Work Center on Trauma and Children Contains resources, including a podcast, that behavioral health professionals can use to help deal with secondary traumatic stress. (link)

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