Why is it important for educators to take care of themselves when working with traumatized students?
It can be difficult for any educator—who so often are overtasked and under-resourced—to prioritize self-care. But doing so is incredibly important and beneficial, both for the educator and their students—especially when it comes to supporting those affected by trauma. Educators in this role run the risk for secondary traumatic stress, also referred to as compassion fatigue.
According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, compassion fatigue is “the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another.” This can lead to changes in memory and perception, and reduce a sense of self-efficacy, independence, and more.
Concordia’s program tackles this issue head-on with ways you can cope, care for yourself, and prevent burnout. That way, you can continue to model the compassion and resiliency needed for any survivor of trauma to succeed in the world.
Sources: American Psychological Association; Healthline; JAMA Pediatrics, McInerney and McKlindon, 2014; National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention; National Children’s Alliance; The National Child Traumatic Stress Network; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.