Stress and Secondary Trauma

Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress

This video features child welfare workers and supervisors discussing the coping skills they use to address secondary traumatic stress (STS).

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Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress on the Child Welfare Workforce

This video features child welfare workers and supervisors discussing how work-related secondary traumatic stress (STS) impacts them personally and professionally.

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The QIC-WD evaluation was conducted with the support of the Nebraska Division of Child and Family Services to determine if an intervention to Address Work-related Traumatic Stress, known as CFS Strong, was effective in improving workforce and child welfare outcomes.

CFS Strong–Building a Resilient Workforce (known as CFS Strong) was the intervention designed as part of the QIC-WD project to address secondary traumatic stress (STS) among child welfare workers and supervisors in Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) agency (for more information see the Site Overview). CFS Strong included multiple components:

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a multi-service agency led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is appointed by the Governor.  The CEO oversees six divisions including the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which is the state’s child welfare agency. The divisions are supported by centralized operations that include Human Resources (HR) & Development. HR has at least one individual with a strong working knowledge of DCFS operations and who is specifically assigned to provide support solely to DCFS.

Each QIC-WD site developed a logic model to serve as a visual representation of their selected intervention. All logic models included four main components: inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. Collectively, these demonstrate the resources and actions required to implement the program, as well as the associated result or changes anticipated through implementation of the program. The hypothesized relationships are represented by the pathways connecting the listed activities and anticipated outcomes. For more information see Site Overview.

What we know about Pandemics and the Stress they Cause

Pandemics impact how we work, socialize, and manage our health. Read more in this post and watch an excerpt from our webinar.    

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Building Resilience and Optimism – The Experience of a Nebraska Child and Family Services Specialist

Optimism, or positive thinking, can be learned and is important to building resilience. By developing a practice of reframing and controlling self-defeating statements automatic negative thoughts can be replaced with positive ones. By focusing on the positive, individuals are more apt to remain hopeful, resilient, and focus their energy on things they are able to control.

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Nebraska Is Building a Resilient Workforce

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Children and Family Services (CFS) partnered with the QIC-WD to strengthen its child welfare workforce. The team created CFS Strong to address secondary traumatic stress (STS). This video features CFS staff discussing how STS impacts their job and how CFS Strong is designed to address it. The QIC-WD is studying this intervention and will report on evaluation results in the future.

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