Stress, Your Worker, and You
by Mellicent Blythe

A conversation with child welfare social workers As a resource parent, you’ve seen first-hand the effects chronic trauma can have on a child’s health and well-being. And as discussed elsewhere in this issue, your own functioning can be affected by exposure to children’s traumatic histories. But what about social workers? Unfortunately, they are also at risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress

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Taking care of yourself

Issue overview

Being a resource parent can be one of the most important, most deeply rewarding roles in the world. It can also be one of the hardest: intense, stressful, frustrating, and immensely draining. If resource parents don’t make a serious commitment to self-care, they can quickly find themselves overwhelmed and ineffective. Because it is hard—some would say impossible—to support the recovery

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