Staff Wellness and Self-Care

​S​taff 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 resources.

  • 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.