Does anyone have ideas and resources to share about helping students in practicum placements cope with secondary trauma? We are in week 5 (of 14) and students are struggling to cope with the day after day challenges in mental health, school, and medical settings. In addition, one student, in a community mental health placement, and her supervisor found a client who was dead by suicide (the agency is providing appropriate support and we are keeping in touch with the student who did return to the placement the next day). I want to address how social workers cope, but use words other than "self-care". I've reached out to local MH connections, but am hoping for ideas before I teach this group on Friday afternoon. Thanks!
I hope this message finds you well. When I'm presenting with concerns of this kinds, I go to youtube.com to see if anyone has posted professional videos covering the these important/relevant topics. I found a few. Please note:
Administration for Children and Families
Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma
You might find some wonderful resources on the NASW Youtube.com page.
National Association of Social Workers
NASW has filled their page with information, training, discussion around topics of interest for social workers. I hope this information is helpful to all. Take care...Karen
We have started to require all of our students to read Trauma Stewardship by van Dernoot Lipsky and Buck. We require this at the BSW and MSW level. We then have discussions in seminar to process and reinforce the content. We've received a lot of positive feedback from students.
This is a critical issue that we discuss across various classes and build into our learning agreements. I would highly recommend the following resources:
I have used Trauma Stewardship in my MSW seminar in book club format, i.e. we all read a chapter at a time and one student develops discussion questions to bring to the small group each week and we reflect on relation to practicum and our work in the short and long-term. Her TED TALK is also valuable and I build it into courses and recommend her website which offers additional resources, including podcasts that I share with students. I have found her approach to secondary trauma - on an individual, organizational, and system's level - to be very accessible and applicable in our day to day practice. Students love it!
So sorry to hear what your student experienced and glad to know that faculty are providing thoughtful support. I have many materials after teaching a semester course on the subject of trauma since 2019. I have attached a chapter I use on this topic, some slides I use in class, and a journal article. I also sometimes use excerpts from a video called When Helping Hurts with Dr. Charles Fegley (2011). This video is relevant to students from multiple disciplines that could experience secondary trauma.
Hope this helps,
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