Masters Thesis

Secondary traumatic stress and self-care training for child welfare emergency response supervisors

This graduate project focuses on creating and implementing a secondary traumatic stress and self-care training curriculum for Child Protective Services (CPS) emergency response (ER) social work supervisors within Stanislaus County’s Community Services Agency (CSA). This project was influenced by the lack of training focused on secondary traumatic stress and self-care provided to CPS ER supervisors. Development of this curriculum was completed by consulting with a number of key professionals within CSA and the CSU Stanislaus MSW department, as well as using current literature and policy practice within child welfare agencies. This two-hour training curriculum focuses on educating supervisors on the warning signs of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout within themselves and the social workers they supervise. The curriculum provides best self-care strategies for a variety of settings and a self-care activity to close out the training. The training was originally scheduled for mid-May 2020, utilizing a conference room at CSA, however due to COVID-19, implementation of this project was unable to take place. This curriculum was provided to CSA’s child welfare department, to be utilized on an annual basis, and will be shared with neighboring child welfare agencies in California.