chapter  3
Chapter 3 Secondary Traumatic Stress: Uncomplicated Strategies for Complex Trauma
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You have likely heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but, chances are, many of you haven’t heard of secondary traumatic stress (STS). I would like to draw awareness to STS since police officers who repeatedly respond to trauma victims are at risk of developing STS, if not PTSD (Hafeez, 2003; Marshall, 2003; Salston & Figley, 2003). I also want to distinguish STS from burnout, because these conditions are oftentimes discussed as if they are the same condition. They come from different sources and call for different responses to deal with them.