Management of Post-Traumatic and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Healthcare Professionals


About the Course
Job burnout, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and secondary traumatic stress (STS) are consequences of extreme job demands in the healthcare profession. Such demands may include frequent and intense contact with traumatized clients and chronic exposure to traumatic content at work.  PTSD has long-term physical and psychological complications that can affect health and lifelong functioning.

This course will differentiate between types of trauma, explain how the body responds to trauma, and explore various treatment options. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify symptoms of burnout in the workplace that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and secondary traumatic stress disorder (STS). 
  • Recognize differences between PTSD and STS. 
  • Identify common PTSD and STS symptoms. 
  • Recognize the etiology of STS in the healthcare seeing. 
  • Identify treatment strategies for PTSD and STS for healthcare professionals that can improve work performance and physical/ mental health of the worker. 

About the Author/Presenter
Dr. Kimberly Byrd is an accomplished professional in the field of social work and education. She holds a Doctorate of Education (EdD) and is also a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). With her extensive educational background and practical experience in social work and education, Dr. Byrd has acquired a deep understanding of the complex issues and challenges faced by individuals and communities. Dr. Byrd’s expertise lies in various areas, including trauma-informed care, mental health, counseling, and community development. She actively contributes to her community through research, publications, and presentations.  

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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