Staff Wellness and Self Care
When implementing complex, sometimes emotionally challenging screening processes into a practice, it is important build in safeguards that protect staff from vicarious trauma. Below are some resources related to staff wellness and self-care that will help lay the groundwork for a supportive culture in your practice.
New Guide for Providing a Trauma-Informed Approach in Human Services - Guide introducing the topic of trauma; includes a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a "road map" to find relevant resource.s
Trauma-Informed Care - Resources on trauma-informed care, including an infographic and companion brief highlighting the impact that chronic emotional stress can have on staff and strategies that organizations can use to promote staff wellness.
Vicarious Trauma Toolkit - Toolkit from the Office of Victims of Crimes can be used to: conduct an assessment of an agency's current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization; review existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs; locate resources and tools to help meet identified needs; and develop a comprehensive plan to address exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.