Secondary Traumatic Stress

STS is a natural consequence of caring between two people, one of who has been initially traumatised and the other of whom is affected by the first traumatic experience. Risk factors for STS are empathy and exposure. Additional risk factors are the care giver’s previous trauma experiences and the extent to which these have been resolved.
Figley 1995.

Secondary Traumatic Stress is unavoidable in professionals who work with suffering on a daily basis. Enhancing Professional Resilience and Well-Being is a one day training for:

  • Members of the judiciary
  • Family, personal injury and criminal law advocates and practitioners
  • Crown Prosecution staff
  • Coroners
  • Health and social care workers
  • Paediatricians & GP’s


  • to introduce the concept of secondary traumatic stress [STS] as a natural response to working with traumatised and troubled clients
  • to explain the differences and similarities between STS compassion stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, PTSD and vicarious traumatisation
  • to provide diagnostic tools for self-assessment
  • to provide tools for preventing the development of STS symptoms


  • Definitions of STS, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Vicarious Traumatisation, PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder [STSD]
  • Who is more vulnerable and why
  • How to identify the personal and professional impact of STS
  • Inner and external resources
  • Self-Assessment for STS / Burnout
  • How to manage and release symptoms and prevent STSD
  • Designing a self-care plan


By the end of the day delegates will:-

  • possess a basic understanding of the nature of STS and the different terminology used to describe it.
  • understand how STS can affect them impact them personally and professionally
  • be able to perform a self-diagnosis on the presence of STS
  • have created a self-care plan
  • possess tools which, if implemented, will assist in preventing the development of secondary traumatic stress disorder [STSD]

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“On the subject of training on abuse, we at ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers) used to organise this for our members some years ago as a pre-condition of entry to the organisation under the very capable hands of Lee Moore, who is a non-practising barrister. She is a professional trainer, who has trained lawyers before. I have had the benefit and privilege of her training, and she certainly comes highly recommended. She does professional witness training, also, for experts. Lee has many years of experience, and is a former President of our Association.”

Peter Garsden, Partner, Simpson Millar - Chair Association of Child Abuse Lawyers

“Thank you so much for the excellent Secondary Stress training day last Friday. The evaluations were extremely positive and all indicated the need for us to have such training. All the doctors clearly identified that they find the job stressful and, while some things we cannot change, there are certainly things that we can all do to protect ourselves and have a better work life balance. As a manager it has certainly helped me to realize that my team is stressed and better appreciate individual difficulties – whilst I am supportive I know there are more measures I can take to improve the emotional well-being of my colleagues and will endeavour to put systems in place.”

Consultant Paediatrician - Named Doctor for Child Protection North Wales.