Socw6333 Week 6 Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment Discussion

Due 4/2/19

When a trauma-response helping professional or future supervisee is experiencing vicarious trauma, you must identify the presenting problem correctly. Since many of the vicarious trauma symptoms present as burnout, countertransference, or posttraumatic stress disorder, it is critical to know what phenomenon the person is experiencing. Using an assessment helps to identify the proper phenomenon as well as creating interventions effectively.

For this Discussion, complete the Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment and consider how this assessment is applicable to other trauma-response helping professionals and future supervisees. Also, consider the significance of using this assessment in the treatment and prevention of vicarious trauma for other trauma-response helping professionals.

Post your analysis and provide the following: (Must submit completed assessment along with analysis of the following information)

  • Explain the components of the assessment.
  • Explain the significance of each section of the assessment for vicarious trauma. Be specific.
  • Explain the significance of using the assessment in the treatment and prevention of vicarious trauma for helping professionals and future supervisees. Be specific. (We previously used the ER Nurse transcript)
  • Support your answers using the resources and current literature.


Adams, R. E., Figley, C. R., & Boscarino, J. A. (2008). The Compassion Fatigue Scale: Its Use With Social Workers Following Urban Disaster. Research On Social Work Practice, 18(3), 238-250.

Killian, K., Hernandez-Wolfe, P., Engstrom, D., & Gangsei, D. (2017). Development of the Vicarious Resilience Scale (VRS): A measure of positive effects of working with trauma survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, And Policy, 9(1), 23-31. doi:10.1037/tra0000199

Way, I., VanDeusen, K., & Cottrell, T. (2007). Vicarious trauma: Predictors of clinicians’ disrupted cognitions about self-esteem and self-intimacy. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 16(4), 81–98.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

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