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Book Club: Trauma Stewardship

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009)

Trauma Stewarship

Trauma Stewardship is an essential resource for anyone working with those who are suffering. The impact of secondary (vicarious) trauma can be enormous on those who are called to help.

This book will convince you that "self-care" is NOT a luxury, but a necessity for those who bear witness to others' pain. Advocates, social workers, chaplains, and faith leaders will find this to be an invaluable companion in your work.

Click to watch a recording of this conversation.


Discussion Participants:

Dr. Sally MacNichol, CONNECT
Emily Cohen, MDiv., FaithTrust Institute

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The Trauma Stewardship Institute:

TEDtalk: Beyond the Cliff by Laura van Dernoot Lipksy (YouTube)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Information on Secondary Traumatic Stress

Joyful Heart Foundation: Identifying Vicarious Trauma

Office for Victims of Crimes Vicarious Trauma website:

Guidebook on Vicarious Trauma: Recommended Solutions for Anti-Violence Workers:

“I Vow Not To Burn Out” by Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Valerie Kaur’s TED talk: 3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

VAWnet Resources Related to Self Care and Vicarious Trauma:

ProQOL Assessment:
(Professional Quality of Life self-test for compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress)




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