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Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Child Welfare Professional

Josephine G. Pryce, Kimberly K. Shackelford, and Colonel David H. Pryce

Publication Date - 01 February 2007

ISBN: 9780190615918

200 pages
6 x 8.8 inches

In Stock


Becoming a child welfare professional should come with a warning: "beware - this may change you forever and can be dangerous." The change, however, may be good if you can learn to cope with the stress of the work and grow from the experience. Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Child Welfare Professional, a first-of-its kind book, presents the tools to help child welfare practitioners and agency managers identify and provide practical and appropriate interventions. This book is based on the authors' ten-year study of over 600 child welfare practitioners' experience with traumatic stress and child welfare.


  • Theory explaining the causes and effects of STS
  • Practical measures to prevent and cope with STS
  • Explanations of burnout and STS, and their differences
  • Intervention plans for all levels of agency
  • Chapters by both scholars and practitioners

About the Author(s)

Josephine G. Pryce (PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University) is associate professor of social work at the University of Alabama. She teaches a variety of courses in social work practice, research, and traumatic stress. Professor Pryce is the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. The focus of her scholarship and writing is military families, veterans, lesbians, and gay men, and secondary traumatic stress and self-care for helping professionals.

Kimberly K. Shackelford (MSW, University of Southern Mississippi; PhD, University of Mississippi) is deputy director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children's Services. Previously, she was associate professor of social work at the University of Mississippi. She continues her work as a licensed clinical social worker with the Mississippi child welfare agency staff and other community service agencies for the continued improvement of services delivered to the children and families of Mississippi.

David H. Pryce (MSSW, University of Texas, Arlington; MA, University of Nebraska) is a social worker, author, and trainer specializing in secondary traumatic stress in the helping professions. He is a retired army colonel and a twice-wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. He also serves as a secretarial appointee to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans.

Table of Contents

    List of Tables
    About the Authors
    Chapter 1: Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare
    Chapter 2: Who Are Child Welfare Workers, and What Is the Cost of Losing Them?
    Chapter 3: Educating Child Welfare Workers about Secondary Traumatic Stress
    Chapter 4: Traumatic Stress and Supervision in Child Welfare
    Chapter 5: Traumatic Stress and Child Welfare Administration
    Chapter 6: Child Welfare Work and Traumatic Stress: An Occupational Hazard
    Chapter 7: Traumatic Stress, Social Work Education, Child Welfare, and Research
    Appendix A. Empirical Evidence of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Workers
    Appendix B. Syllabus of Primary and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Social Work: Practice, Supervision, and Organizations
    Appendix C. Glossary

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