2005 Jordan Institute
10, No. 3
Assessing Worker Distress
The information on this page is presented for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider. If you have concerns, contact your health care provider, mental health professional, or your local community health center.
Child welfare workers and supervisors may be interested to know that several tools have been devised to help gauge worker distress. Links to a few of these can be found below. Please be aware that these instruments, even those that have been empirically validated, are no substitute for formal mental health screening and intervention. If you or someone you know seems to be suffering from trauma or stress, please consult a mental health professional.
Compassion Satisfaction/Fatigue Self-Test for Helpers
Child Trauma Academy's Assessment
Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale
Measures of Traumatic Stress & Secondary Traumatic Stress. This website by B. Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D, contains information and links to additional instruments for measuring symptoms of secondary traumatic stress. Go to <http://www.isu.edu/~bhstamm/ts.htm>