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Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Strategies for Supervisors: How to Manage Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma for Yourself and Your Staff Charleston Child Trauma Conference Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. Charleston SC (Oct. 2018)
  • Taking Care of Yourself as You Care for Others: Sustaining Workplace Wellness - Invited Keynote- Michigan State-Wide TF-CBT Conference, Bellaire MI (August 2018)
  • Taking Care of Yourself as You Care for Others: Sustaining Workplace Wellness -​Invited Speaker- Adelphi University School of Social Work Alumni and Friends Day, New York, NY (May 2018)
  • Using the NCTSN 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Child Trauma as Lenses to Address the Complexity of Secondary Traumatic Stress Responses and Enhance Provider Wellness - NCAC International Symposium on Child Trauma, Huntsville, AL (March 2018)
  • ​Addressing the Workforce Crisis Resulting from Secondary Traumatic Stress: Self-Care for Leaders, Teams, and Organizations Leslie Ross & Ginny Sprang, Ph.D. - Alliance for Strong Families Leadership Conference. New Orleans, LO (February 2018)
  • Utilizing the NCTSN 12 Concepts for Understanding Secondary Traumatic Stress Responses in Providers Invited Speaker - Hoffman Breakthrough Series on Child Traumatic Stress. The Art and Science of Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress: What we know and What We Don’t Know. Lexington KT  (October 2017)
  • Heal the Healer: Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Build Resilience in Helping Professionals. Charleston Child Trauma Conference, Dee Norton CAC. Charleston SC (August 2017)
  • How to Survive and Thrive in the Legal Arena: Wellness Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout presented at: The 21st Annual AB1058 Child Support conference  (September 2017)
  • Reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress as an “Occupational Hazard” in implementing trauma-informed care in mental health settings. Uplift Family Services Employee Wellness Retreat – Anaheim CA (August 2017)
  • Keynote: Sustaining Wellness: Helping yourself while helping others. Summer Conference for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) Hawaii State Dept. of Health (July 2017) 
  • Afternoon Presentation: Organizational Approaches to Addressing Indirect Trauma: Acknowledging the Elephant in the Room. Summer Conference for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) Hawaii State Dept. of Health (July 2017)
  •  The Interplay Between Compassion Fatigue, Implicit Bias and Access to Justice in Family Court.  2017 Family Law Institute: A bi-annual statewide program for family court judges in the state of California. Los Angeles, CA  co-presenters: JD M. Juhas and JD R. Trapp (April 2017)
  • Half-Day Preconference Training: Organizational Approaches to Reducing the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) at the Annual Hawaii Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Summit, Honolulu, HI.  (March 2017)

NCTSN Core Curriculum on Child Trauma Training

  •  Faculty Trainer 2-day Core Curriculum on Child Trauma, Basic Facilitator College. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. New York, NY  (November 2017)
  • Using the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Child Trauma to Enhance Case Conceptualization and Planning. Staff Training for Catholic Charities Hawaii (July 2017)
  • Faculty Trainer 2-day Core Curriculum on Child  Trauma Advanced Facilitator College. UMSL St. Louis, MS (June 2017)
  • Applying The NCTSN 12 Core Concepts in Training: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Staff Wellness  Presentation at NCTSN
    All Network Meeting. Washington DC (March 2017)

Domestic Violence Group Treatment Model for Adult Victims and Their Children

  • Ending the Cycle of Violence: CII’s Domestic Violence Integrated Wellness Model: A group Treatment Model for adult victims and their children. 2-Day Training for Native American Resource Center, San Bernardino Behavioral Health Dept. San Bernardino CA  Sandra Chase, MSW co-trainer (May 2017)

Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

  • Child Trauma: Implementing Best Practice in Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System. Charleston Child Trauma Conference, Dee Norton CAC. Charleston SC (August 2017)
  • Pre-Conference Half-Day Training Navigating the High Stress Workplace: Key Tools for Staff & Supervisors. Annual Hawaii Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Summit, Honolulu, HI. (March 2017)

For more than fifteen years, Dr. Ross has overseen programs in research, evaluation, training, and implementation of evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care for children and families at Children’s Institute, Inc.(CII) in Los Angeles, CA.  She was formerly the Vice President of the Child Trauma Center at CII and the PI for CII’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) program from 2005-2017.
She is currently the Director at the UCLA-DUKE University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress of the Core Curriculum on Child Trauma (CCCT) implementation and training across the country.  Dr. Ross is also part of the NCTSN Task Force on the development of the CCCT and a faculty member of the NCTSN Child Trauma Training Academy and Wellness Center. 

She is the co-founder of the NCTSN STS collaborative group which focused on prevention and intervention of Secondary Traumatic Stress associated with providers who work with children and families exposed to trauma and co-author of The Secondary Traumatic Stress Inventory (STSI-OA) and STS

Organizational Change Framework Model. Dr. Ross  facilitates training nationwide on Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations and reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress and building a resilient workforce.

 Dr. Ross is the co- founder of the NCTSN Secondary Traumatic Stress collaborative working group which focuses on prevention and intervention of the occupational risk of Secondary Trauma associated with working with people exposed to trauma. She is co-author of CII’s “Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach” group treatment model for adult victims and their children, and provides training and consultation on that model for Children and Families Exposed to Domestic Violence.


STS Organizational Assessment STSI-OA: Sprang, G., Ross, L., Blackshear, K., Miller, B., Vrabel, C., Ham, J., Henry, J., and Caringi, J. (2014). The Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA) tool, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children, #14-STS001, Lexington, Kentucky available online :   

Book Chapter: 
Ross. L.A. (2014) Creating a Culture of Wellness for Provider’s In Harm’s Way.  In Reece, R., Hanson, R., Sargent, J. (2nd Ed.) Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical, and Legal Practitioners.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press

Sprang, G., Ross, L., Miller, B. C., Blackshear, K., & Ascienzo, S. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Secondary Traumatic Stress–Informed Organizational Assessment. Traumatology, 23(2), 165-171.

 Fraynt, R., Ross, L., Baker, B.L., Rystad, I., Lee, Janet, Briggs, E.  Predictors of Treatment Engagement in Ethnically Diverse, Urban Children Receiving Treatment for Trauma Exposure. Journal of Traumatic Stress (2014).  

Layne, C. M., Strand, V., Popescu , M., Kaplow, J.B., Abramovitz, R., Stuber, M., Amaya-Jackson, L., Ross L.A.,  &. Pynoos, R.  Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (2014): Using the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma to Strengthen Clinical Knowledge in Evidence-Based Practitioners, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

 Layne, C. M., Ghosh-Ippen, C., Strand, V., Stuber, M., Abramovitz, R., Reyes, G., Jackson, L.A., Ross, L.A., Lipscomb, C.A.  (2011).   The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma:   A Tool for Training a Trauma-Informed Workforce.   Psychological Trauma:  Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2011, Vol. 3, No. 3, 243-252 2011 American Psychological Association.

Gaba, R., Ph.D., M.F.T., Seilicovich, I., Ross, L., Shin, H., Foy, P., & Foy, D.  (2007).  The Los Angeles Symptom Checklist: A Self-Report Measure of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children. Submitted for publication.

Larson, L. C., Foy, D.W., Eriksson, C. B., Ross, L.A., & Pynoos, R. S. (2002).  Community reactions to terrorist attack: Findings and implications from Oklahoma City bombing-related studies.  The Los Angeles Psychologist, 16,13-14.

 Gaba, R., Seilicovich, I., Ross, L.A., Foy, P., & Foy, D.W.,  (2004).   Comparison Between Maternal and Child Traumatic Stress: Families Exposed to Domestic Violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Ross, L.A., Psy.D., Larson, L.C., M.A., M.P.H., Gaba, R., Ph.D., M.F.T., Seilicovich, M.F.T., & Foy, P., B.A. (2005).  Developmental Differences in Self-Reported Domestic Violence Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 22, 5-11.

Recent Presentations and Trainings

Leslie Anne Ross, PsyD

Consultant and Trainer

for Individuals and Organizations
Secondary Traumatic Stress Consulting

Consulting and training for individuals, organizations, small group seminars, and webinars on intervention strategies to manage secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout related to working with victims of violence abuse and trauma. 

​​​Psychologist and Somatic Therapist
Private Practice Psychotherapy
With more that 30 years of training and practice in touch therapy combined with psychology work in addressing trauma in the body, this practice addresses both cognitive and somatic processes to trauma recovery, stress management, and healing.