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Who is Taking Care of Us While We Are Taking Care of Others?

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Research shows that working with individuals and families that have experienced trauma can, and does, have an impact on our overall emotional well-being. No matter what your role is in the multi-disciplinary team you are not shielded from the effects of this exposure. This presentation will describe the ways in which secondary traumatic stress impacts us professionally and personally. Specific suggestions will be offered to address this issue on an organizational and individual level.

Presented by: Al Killen-Harvey
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference 2022

Al Killen-Harvey is co-founder of The Harvey Institute. He has worked at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital for over 28 year as a practicing trauma treatment therapist, Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Reflective Supervisor and trainer. He is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, with a mission of improving health care outcomes through the integration of sexual health. Their work received the 2022 “William Friedrich Lectures Series” Award given by the Mayo Clinic. Al serves on the Advisory Boards of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of California and is co-chair of the Sexual Health subcommittee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is also a recipient of the Community Collaborators Award given by the San Diego LGBT Center.