Episode 74 - Dr. Brian Bride: Collateral Damage: The Impact of Caring for Persons Who Have Experienced Trauma

Monday, June 27, 2011, 9:28:50 AM

Image of Dr. Brian Bride

As the field of traumatology has grown, it has become increasingly apparent that the effects of psychological trauma extend beyond those that directly experience traumatic events. In this episode Dr. Bride discusses the term Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and the conceptual issues that arise when talking about and researching STS. He provides an overview of current research on prevalence, risk, and protective factors associated with STS and concludes by addressing implications and recommendations for practice.

Download MP3 (30.3 MB)

Audio Transcript PDF document.

Listener Reviews

3 Reviews
5 star:
4 star:
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
Average Listener Review

Average Rating: 4.3 stars (3 listener reviews )

Share your thoughts with others

Create Your Own Review

Average Rating: 4stars  secondary traumatic stress , Monday, April 22, 2013

By Rita Sitney :

Dr. Bride brought up some very interesting points and useful information during this podcast. Dealing with populations that is classified as stressful or hard to work with can take its toll on a social worker. However, it was interesting to find out that not all practitioners whom experience secondary traumatic stress symptoms (STS) seek help. In thinking about client satisfaction and service delivery, you would think that anyone that’s in a helping role would want to make sure they are mentally prepared before dealing with client issues. Dr. Bride also mentioned using good self-care techniques not only for social workers but social work students as well. However, Dr. Bride did not discuss the types of self-care techniques and therapies that could be used for both the worker and the student. It would have been useful to know since being an MSW student gets pretty stressful at times. Dr. Bride pointed out that social workers end up leaving the field due to experiencing STS and take on other professions. That is extremely sad to know only because some social workers are egger and willing to help but become discouraged, overwhelmed, and underappreciated.

Flag This


Average Rating: 5stars  compelling reason for promoting self-care within the helping professions..., Sunday, January 29, 2012

By Barb R. :

This information contained in this podcast was enlightening and expanded my understanding that traumatic stress is not limited to soldiers exposed to combat but can be experienced by those who are professionals trained to help clients. Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), according to Dr. Bride, is “Post Traumatic Stress that is obtained through indirect contact with the trauma”.
Dr. Bride mentioned that he was a graduate research assistant for Dr. Charles Figley in the 90s, who is renowned for his work with Post Traumatic Stress and who coined the phrase “compassion fatigue” which is synonymous with Secondary Traumatic Stress. It was during this work, that Dr. Bride became interested in researching the area of STS.
Dr. Bride offers insight into the importance of emphasizing learning the practice of self care for those in the helping professions in the schools and the organizations, because secondary traumatic stress can potentially be an occupational hazard. For example, Dr. Bride talks about how those who are working in the field of substance abuse counseling can be most vulnerable to this type of trauma and there is evidence supporting high turnover rates for those in that field. Because of his advice, I am resolved to increase my own self-care skills. He provided other nuggets of knowledge such as the real difference between the frequently used term, “burnout” and “compassion fatigue “and how self-care can be implemented. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone in the helping professions.

Flag This


Average Rating: 4stars  secondary trauma, Sunday, November 13, 2011

By Sarah Tasker :

This podcast was interesting because Secondary Traumatic Stress is not something that is discussed in many of my SW classes at this point in my master's program. It was interesting to learn that STS actually impacts a large number of Social Workers and for that reason leads to a high turnover rate in the field. This makes sense since Social Workers deal with patients/ clients that almost always have some form of traumatization and when Social Workers have to probe further in order to understand it can elicit uneasy feelings for themselves as well as the client. I would not have thought that "STS is a normal occupational hazard for Social Workers." I have heard about similar situations where a spouse or child has someone in their life suffering with some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and through attempting to help that person cope and move on, they themselves become affected and will start to have nightmares about things they never have even gone through. To me that was surprising because I never would have thought that just listening to someone talk about a trauma they suffered would make someone else go through stress that they haven't physically gone through. Also it was intriguing that those who suffer from a childhood trauma are less likely to suffer from STS than those who suffer from a trauma later on in life. I thought it would have been the other way around, but after listening to this podcast it definitely makes sense that those who suffered a trauma early on have probably learned to cope and adapt versus someone who just went through a trauma and therefore are more likely to be affected by another trauma.

Flag This

DISCLAIMER: The content shared by the presenter(s) and/or interviewer(s) of each podcast is their own and not necessarily representative of any views, research, or practice from the UB School of Social Work or the inSocialWork® podcast series.