Organizational Strategies to Address Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Workforce

Explore strategies for providing ongoing support to staff working in a trauma-exposed environment.  

Publication year: 2018
Capacity Building Center for States

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This brief video, part of the Fostering a Healthy Workforce: Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) 2018 learning experience, offers practical strategies to support workers exposed to traumatic stress. Speakers highlight organizational measures to address coverage and caseloads, empowerment and advocacy, support systems, and recognition, team building, and peer support.  

Use this video with the reflection worksheet and the CWVE 2018 Discussion Guide, which provides tailored information and activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners. 


  • Elliott Hinkle, Capacity Building Center for States 
  • Alan O’Malley-Laurson, Olmsted County, Minnesota Child and Family Services 
  • Cambria Rose Walsh, Center for Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Policies, Programs, and Practices at Chadwick Center 


  • Jean Swift, National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center 

Access information about continuing education units (CEUs). 

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2018). Organizational strategies to address secondary traumatic stress in the workforce [Video]. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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