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Secondary Traumatic Stress and Reflective Practice/Supervision

Originally presented on March 2, 2022


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This online workshop for child-serving professionals (Leaders, Supervisors, Managers and Above) reviews the concepts of secondary traumatic stress and introduces Reflective Supervision as an organizational strategy to address professional well-being. The course will provide an overview of STS, discuss the role of reflective practice and supervision in addressing STS, and presents key skills.


Learners will:

  • Understand the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress on child serving system workers
  • Recognize the role of reflective practice and supervision in addressing secondary traumatic stress and workforce well-being and resilience
  • Learn the key skills of reflective supervision and how they can be used to address STS


Who should attend: Team leads, supervisors, managers, or other roles with supervision responsibilities at family resource centers, child abuse prevention councils, and other child and family serving organizations.



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In her role at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Melissa Bernstein, PhD, directs the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) and Trauma-Informed Licensing Team (TILT) Initiatives. Her research centers around supporting systems in planning for, implementing, and sustaining trauma-Informed change that aligns with best practice and science.







Al Killen-Harvey is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 24 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center where he has served in a variety of clinical and training positions. He has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment and is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He is a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy.



Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego




Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego