* Secondary Trauma

Secondary Trauma is the emotional distress that happens when we hear about or witness another person’s traumatic experience.

Although often minimized in curricula or by organizations, Secondary Trauma is VERY COMMON and a major cause of BURNOUT, but also something from which we can recover and which is preventible .

Secondary Trauma
Board Certified Integrative Medicine-Family Medicine physician and THEN Co-Founder, Dr. Audrey Stillerman discusses:

  • What is Secondary Trauma?
  • Why is the incidence of Secondary Trauma on the rise?
  • What can be done to prevent or recover?
  • The paramount importance of Reflective Practice, Mentoring, and Self-Care


Kuehan BM.  Trauma-Informed Care may ease patient fear, clinician burnout JAMA Network Online, January 2020.

Organizational Assessment:  Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organizational Assessment (STSI-OA). University of Kentucky Center on Trauma in Children. www.uky.edu/CTAC/

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  www.nctsn.org/resources/topics/secondary-traumatic-stress

University of Colorado School of Medicine Center on Secondary Trauma.  www.secondarytrauma.org

Book:  Help for the Helper  by Babette Rothschild
Understanding compassion fatigue and helpful tips about boundaries, self-care.

Beyond the Cliff

Author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Laura gives a first-person report of the cumulative trauma from our own lives plus secondary trauma from service to others. Her compelling story is both funny and profound – as she describes how she literally found herself at the edge of a cliff – and her road back to health through Self Care.