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As the field of traumatology has grown, it has become increasingly apparent that the effects of psychological trauma extend beyond those that directly experience traumatic events. Secondary traumatic stress is one of several terms used to refer to the negative impact of traumatic events on those who care for traumatized persons. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the phenomenon of secondary traumatic stress (STS). The presentation will begin with a discussion of conceptual issues that arise when talking about and researching STS. Next, an overview of current research on prevalence, risk and protective factors, and the impact of STS will be provided. Further, implications and recommendation for the prevention and reduction of STS will be discussed.