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What is Promoting Professional Development?
Professional Development is the organizational and individual practice of professional development and self-care for therapists working with family trauma.

What is this component based on?
Clinicians working with families exposed to trauma and living in traumatic contexts should use a “family lens” to identify family strengths, needs and goals. Using a family lens exposes the clinician to increased practical, intellectual and emotional demands which should be addressed on a regular basis at the individual and organizational level. Among others, self-care and trauma-informed supervision are strategies that reduce the negative effects on clinicians of working with traumatized families.

Promoting Professional Development will improve your ability to:

• Assess the impact of secondary traumatic stress on your clinical practice and self-care routines.
• Develop self care plan that support your continued professional development as well as your personal and family goals.
• Recognize positive adaptations that support your growth as a family trauma provider.
• Identify supervisory and organizational resources to support your ability to adopt family trauma lens to clinical care.

To learn more about clinical competencies related to Promoting Professional Development, go to:
FITT Clinician Knowledge Attitudes and Skills Self-Assessment

Tools for Promoting Professional Development:

  1. Powerpoint PDF- Trauma Informed Partnerships with Families in Child Serving Systems: A Presentation
  2. Related appendices to the presentation:
    Interview Exercise for Providers
    Applying Trauma Informed Principles to ConsumerProvider Partnerships
    Discussion Prompts for Applying Trauma InformedPrinciples to Consumer Provider Partnerships
    Bibliography Of Partnering with Youth andFamilies Resources
  3. Pearlman, L. A., Saakvitne, K. W., & the Staff of the Traumatic Stress Institute. (1996). Transforming the pain: A workbook on vicarious traumatization. New York: Norton
  4. American Academy of Marriage and Family therapists
  5. Sessional Quality of Life Scales assess job satisfaction, burnout and secondary stress reactions (free online assessments, research, resources):
  6. Tapping Your Resilience in the Wake of Terrorism: Pointers for Practitioners:
  7. The Cost of Caring: Child Trauma Academy-Bruce Perry (includes free online training; materials for a fee):
  8. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota School of Social Work CW360: Secondary Trauma and the Child Welfare Workforce:
  9. National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress Speaker Series: Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress. Presenters: Leslie Ross, PsyD,Children’s Institute, Inc.; Fred Strieder, Ph.D,University of Maryland School of Social Work; Cynthia Vrabel, MD, Mental Health Services, Inc.

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