DA Shaw: Vicarious Trauma Training Provided for First Responders of Child Abuse

CLEARFIELD- Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced that the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC) in collaboration with the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County (CAC-CC), and the District Attorney’s Office, provided Vicarious Trauma training to first responders and investigators of child abuse.

Shaw reported the training was designed by NRCAC to provide Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Teams (MDIT) throughout the Northeastern states resources for team members who are working with child abuse investigations.  Shaw explained that Vicarious Trauma is also known as compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and secondary victimization.  When individuals are exposed to traumatic events through their work, it is vital that they are aware of the trauma so that they can stay healthy.  When Vicarious Trauma is not managed effectively it can lead individuals to experience “burnout”, a variety of health conditions, and emotional concerns.   Shaw said that continuously dealing with child abuse cases is extremely emotional and traumatic for professionals required to handle these situations.

Shaw stated there was representation from Sandy Township Police Department, DuBois City Police Department, Clearfield Borough Police Department, Clearfield County Children, Youth, and Family Services, Community Action Inc., The Crossroads Project, PASSAGES, Inc., Clearfield County Victim Witness, and the District Attorney’s Office. Shaw extended thanks to Sue Ascione, NRCAC’s Project Outreach Coordinator, for taking the time to come to Clearfield County and provide this day long training. Shaw thanked the CAC-CC for coordinating and hosting this training event.

Shaw expressed his thanks to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to attend this training.    “We trained 25 professionals within Clearfield County who will now be aware of the signs of Vicarious Trauma in themselves as well as others”.

Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime”.



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