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SOCW6333 Discussion Question 2
Describe the current event and the types of trauma survivors with whom a social work may
practice.
On February 14, 2018, seventeen students and staff were killed at the Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School in Parkland Florida by a lone gunman. Along with the victims, the entire
student body and the staff of the school were traumatized by the event. The NASW of Florida
stepped in to provide assistance to students, faculty, staff and families. Social workers counselled
the traumatized and connected then to mental health services and grief counselling. According to
NASW (2019), social workers have a duty to speak up and take action when trauma occurs in the
community.
Explain what you, as a social worker, would do to prevent or minimize risk of vicarious
trauma when working with this population.
Exposure to a large group of individuals impacted by the trauma can have a negative
impact on the social worker. In this case, a school filled with traumatized students and staff who
watched their classmates being shot down or barley go away with their lives. Their experiences
are heartbreaking but a student body of over 3,000 traumatized students can negatively impact
the social worker. As a result of assisting individuals who have experienced trauma and the
exploration of emotional material, mental health professionals’ levels of self-efficacy or
perceived ability to provide effective counseling maybe altered due to changes to the
professional’s cognitive schemas (Finklestein et al., 2015). As a social work, I would engage in
self-care practices. I enjoy fishing and walks in nature and exercise at least four days a week.
Self-care helps relieve the feelings of trauma and helps me let go of these painful experiences.

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SOCW6333 Discussion Question 2 Describe the current event and the types of trauma survivors with whom a social work may practice. On February 14, 2018, seventeen students and staff were killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida by a lone gunman. Along with the victims, the entire student body and the staff of the school were traumatized by the event. The NASW of Florida stepped in to provide assistance to students, faculty, staff and families. Social workers counselled the traumatized and connected then to mental health services and grief counselling. According to ...
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