Understanding your thoughts and feelings about trauma work helps to conceptualize what you need in order to be a healthy helping professional. One way of achieving this information is by completing a self-assessment. The results of the self-assessment can assist you in developing strategies to increase your health and wellness as a helping professional and address issues related to possible vicarious trauma. Completing this assessment may be difficult because it requires you to be honest about your beliefs, feelings, and reactions about yourself and your work.
For this Assignment, you assess your experiences and needs related to your work. Reflect honestly on your experience as you answer the questions.
Assignment (2–3 pages): (Be very specific and expound on answers, use APA references and us bulleted points as headings) Use assessment from Discussion questions)
- Review the results of your Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment and describe your experience answering the questions in the self-assessment. Explain whether it was difficult or easy to answer the questions and why.
- Then describe one personal need you identified from the assessment and explain one way you might address it. Be specific.
- Finally, explain any insights you had or conclusions you drew from completing the assessment.
Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.
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