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Critical Incident Stress for Child Welfare Workers: What Is It and What Can Be Done? (Pre-Conference Seminar A)
Critical Incident Stress for Child Welfare Workers:
What Is It and What Can Be Done? (Pre-Conference Seminar A)
Introducing the concept of critical incident stress, the seminar strives to increase participant knowledge of what incidents may cause such stress, to identify symptoms, to create an awareness of individual and group interventions, and to highlight steps to prevent critical incident stress. Presenters report the findings of a quantitative and qualitative research project with thirty child protection workers in Northern Illinois. The study found that these workers do experience critical incident stress (also known as secondary or vicarious trauma) and that crisis intervention contributed to a marked reduction in symptoms. The seminar includes a discussion of the child welfare system as a culture and the barriers as well as opportunities it presents to addressing these significant issues for child welfare workers.
Michael Weuste, M.S.W.
George Williams School of Social Work
347 Gladstone Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506
Joseph Becerra, M.S.W.
Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
8 E. Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506
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