Qualitative Research Study on Managing Secondary Trauma: 2 Sessions to choose from (10am-11:30am; and 12pm-1:30pm)
Select to participate in one of two focus groups. Each group has a maximum capacity of 20 volunteers.
- 10am - 11:30am
- 12Pm - 1:30pm
The interview team will consist of Dr. Anthony Silard, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Department, California State University San Bernardino and Dr. Jonathan Anderson, Professor and Department Chair, Public Administration Department, California State University San Bernardino.
Secondary trauma is concerned with the intrapersonal affective responses an individual can experience during or subsequent to an interaction(s) with another person who recounts their personal stories of abuse, trauma, or disempowerment (Williams, Helm, & Clemens, 2012). Secondary trauma can engender a host of detrimental intrapersonal effects on nonprofit staff and volunteers who express empathy toward clients experiencing primary trauma. These effects tend to mimic the effects the clients themselves experience, and can include severe and enduring psychological outcomes such as helplessness and fear (McCann & Pearlman, 1990). In addition, secondary trauma can even alter an individual’s personal and professional identity and psychological needs and beliefs relating to trust, safety, self-esteem, control, and intimacy and can lead to a general disillusionment with society.