In 2011, a group of individuals came together to study secondary trauma through “Ladder to Leadership”, a fellowship funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, conducted through the Center for Creative Leadership, and supported by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. These six women, who represented various agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operated under the name Project Transformation to signify the potential that Kansas Citians have to learn and grow in the area of self-care and client service and to transform the effects of secondary trauma on staff in the healthcare and social service fields.

The project received overwhelming positive attention, and, with the support of numerous Kansas City social service individuals and agencies, the project has developed into a nonprofit agency. The Secondary Trauma Resource Center, as it is now known, operates a model complete with curriculum, strategies and trainings to help agencies combat the negative effects of secondary trauma.

The Secondary Trauma Resource Center model was developed to address all levels of an agency, so that change can happen on multiple levels simultaneously. Modules include: Understanding Secondary Trauma, Self-Care, Managing Secondary Trauma through Supervision, and Organizational Interventions. Analysis of pre- and post-test training results regularly show an increase in participants’ understanding of and ability to identify ways to manage secondary trauma.