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Can relaxation help with secondary traumatic stress?

January 23, 2018

Yes it can!

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) is a significant concern in child welfare. This is due to the amount of trauma we are exposed to in our work. How does trauma impact you and other staff members? Your resource families?

The Amazing Benefits of Relaxation has added a short, relaxing body scan that is available to you. This 14-minute audio clip from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) features Karla Johnston-Krase leading a guided relaxation that includes a body scan similar to something called Yoga Nidra, a style of relaxation with amazing benefits.

Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. … The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi.

To learn more or to access this free self-care activity, go to:

Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment

December 14, 2017

Like everyone in the state, North Carolina’s resource parents are required by law to file a report with the proper authorities if they suspect a child is being maltreated. To help them know when and how to fulfill this responsibility, has added Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment. This 2-hour course, which was developed by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, will also give resource parents valuable insight into how children and their families become involved with the child welfare system. To learn more or to take this free, self-paced online course, go to:

This and the other courses on are brought to you by the NC Division of Social Services and its training partners.

We hope is helpful to you and the children in your life!

With best wishes,

The Team