Secondary Trauma


Obviously those who suffer serious emotional traumas, do not choose to become traumatized, do not select suffering. Yet, quite consciously, caregivers do choose to become involved.  Your experience of trauma and suffering as a professional is not direct; you are not bloodied nor do you lose loved ones but instead you suffer an accretion of exposure to the suffering endured by your clients or patients.  This secondary trauma, multiplied case after case, day after day, has the likely effect of traumatizing professionals in ways that can be either obvious or subtle, and can, in turn, reduce your effectiveness, rob you of your enthusiasm, and shorten your tenure.