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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Christensen

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley Kaffar

Third Advisor

Dr. Semya Hakim

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue


Being an educator can be a very rewarding profession. Many choose this profession because they are passionate and dedicated about influencing and impacting the lives of others. Unfortunately, an increased number of students are being affected by trauma, which directly correlates to an increased number of teachers being at risk for developing compassion fatigue (National Child Traumatic Stress Network [NCTSN], 2011). More children are coming to school unprepared, yet our teachers are expected to provide emotional support, create a nurturing classroom environment, model emotion regulation, coach students through conflict resolution, manage challenging behaviors, while juggling the growing demands brought on by standardized testing (Cohan & Honigsfeld, 2011).



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