Trauma Training 102: Secondary Trauma & Self Care
Secondary trauma is when you did not directly experience a trauma, but you are impacted by it.
For instance you might experience secondary trauma when:
— a friend tells you about a horrible experience she had
— you are a medical professional and work with people injured in a war or natural disater (or any other ways people are injured)
—your young adult TCK was robbed in your passport country
—you hear your neighbor beat his wife or child
Suffice it to say, you can’t be on the field without experiencing secondary trauma. But you can be on the field, better equipped to handle the secondary trauma you encounter.
This workshop will address the following questions:
Kierstie Ersch’s bios
Kierstie Ersch has been involved in cross cultural work since 2007, and since then has done work in over 12 countries on 17 different occasions. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling in 2010, and has been involved in outpatient and inpatient clinical practice for the last 11 years. In 2020, while running a private practice specializing in trauma counseling she started her own non-profit, The Rapha Project, to advance trauma informed education and interventions to cross cultural workers and those they serve.