Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Defining secondary traumatic stress and developing targeted assessments and interventions: Lessons learned from research and leading experts.

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Secondary traumatic stress (STS) impacts many helping professionals and staff who are indirectly exposed to the graphic details of others' traumatic experiences and to the posttraumatic stress symptoms of those persons. A nascent but growing database documents the nature and effects of STS, but no consensus definition exists for STS. As a result, there has not been a systematic program of research and development for STS preventive, and ameliorative interventions. Current STS interventions tend to focus on generic wellness, health promotion, workplace safety, worker morale, and self-care rather than addressing the specific effects of indirect exposure to others' traumatic events or traumatic stress reactions. To address this gap, a scientific meeting of STS experts convened to consider the science regarding STS interventions and to create an agenda for advancing the field toward the development of evidence-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder following indirect exposure. This article reports on meeting findings, reviews the evidence supporting treatment of STS, and identifies symptom targets, best practice treatment approaches, and strategies for moving the field forward. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)