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Master’s Students The assignment: (2-3 pages)

  • Identify yourself as a master’s student on the title page of your assignment.
  • Describe the components of the assessment.
  • Explain the significance of each section of the assessment for vicarious trauma. Be specific.
  • Explain the significance of using an assessment in the treatment and prevention of vicarious trauma for clients and counselors. Be specific.
  • Support your answers using the learning resources and current literature.

Learning Resources



  • Course Text: Secondary traumatic stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators
    • Chapter 5, “Helpers’ Responses to Trauma Work: Understanding and Intervening in an Organization”
    • Chapter 9, “Trauma-Based Psychiatry for Primary Care”
  • Course Text: Compassion Fatigue: Coping with secondary traumatic stress disorder in those who treat the traumatized
    • Chapter 3, “Working with People in Crisis: Research Implications”
  • Course Text: Quitangon, G. & Evces, M. (2015). Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience. New York: Routlege
    • Chapter 10
  • Article: Way, I., VanDeusen, K., & Cottrell, T. (2007). Vicarious trauma: Predictors of clinicians’ disrupted cognitions about self esteem and self-intimacy. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 16(4), 81–98.
  • Template: Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment