You can be Affected too: Secondary Trauma
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This chapter discusses how to recognize the signs of secondary trauma; understand situations that make more vulnerable to this condition and utilize skills to lessen the effect of survivors' trauma. A variety of issues can contribute to our vulnerability to secondary trauma. Those working with survivors of human-made trauma such as child abuse, intimate partner violence or war have a higher likelihood of suffering from secondary trauma because it affects more pervasively than non-human-made traumas such as life-threatening illness or natural disasters. Practitioners who are survivors themselves, students, new therapists or those new to working with trauma also have potential vulnerability to secondary trauma. Social workers who are survivors themselves can have particularly strong countertransference reactions to individuals affected by trauma. Therapeutic boundaries help reduce the negative effects of transference and countertransference and prevent secondary trauma.