Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $25,000
This project’s goal was to serve American Indian social service employees who support victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma. As part of this project, a toolkit was successfully created to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma among social service providers. Secondary trauma is recognized as an occupational hazard that contributes to health problems and burnout among victim service providers. The community advisory board met two-dozen times over the course of the grant to evaluate project and ensure the toolkit’s cultural relevance. A training on how to use the toolkit, using a train-the-trainer model, was held with over 50 people in attendance. Following the initial training, the project team received six requests for additional trainings and those trainings are currently being planned. Quantitative data analysis showed that the training resulted in statistically significant increases in awareness, knowledge, and normalization of secondary trauma and a statistically significant increases in awareness of coping strategies to reduce the impacts of secondary trauma among American Indian service providers who were trained to use the toolkit. Organizations engaged in this project have expressed their desire to make organizational changes to reduce the impacts of secondary trauma.