The subjects of vicarious or secondary trauma and self-care for us as "helping professionals" is sometimes treated in trauma trainings as an afterthought - an "oh, yeah, we should probably say something about that too!"
But, as airline flight attendants say, we must put on our own oxygen masks first, so we can be effective in our efforts to assist others. So, it's essential that we pay close attention to our own risks and warning signs that we may be experiencing vicarious or secondary trauma and its impacts, and be intentional about practicing good self-care.
Here are links to some good self-care resources & resources for developing/strengthening resilience:
www.Capacitar.org - go to "Research" then "Emergency Kit" download
Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide (SAMHSA): http://store.samhsa.gov/produc...-Help-Guide/SMA-3717
Family violence prevention resources (The Amazing Brain Institute for Safe Families): http://www.instituteforsafefamilies.org/materials
General mental/emotional health resources:
Mindfulness meditations (MARC) http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations
Resilience Scale (Devereux Foundation)
Resilience/stress reduction techniques (Greater Good in Action): https://ggia.berkeley.edu/#fil...resilience_to_stress
Self Care Wheel (Olga Phoenix):
Self-care resources and apps: http://trauma.jbsinternational...urces.html#Self-Care
Supporting someone who is coping with trauma (clear, simple, straightforward advice for family and friends!): https://www.mindbodygreen.com/...s-coping-with-trauma
Writing to Heal (James W. Pennebaker):
Article from Psychology Today about the basic technique: https://www.psychologytoday.co...8/expressive-writing