Advancing Science and Practice for Vicarious Traumatization /Secondary Traumatic Stress
A research agenda
Professionals working in the fields of trauma, victim assistance, mental health, law enforcement, fire response, emergency medical services, and other professions are exposed to traumatic events on a regular basis; in some cases, workers are exposed every day.
The purpose of this article is to outline a research agenda for moving each of these public health steps forward, starting with the state of research evidence currently available as it applies to first responders and other professionals who provide services to trauma exposed populations. The proposed research agenda will build a scientific foundation for effective intervention and policy development to mitigate the consequences of vicarious trauma before they occur in addition to continuing to build the evidence base for effective treatments.