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LIVE-IN COLLEGE RESIDENTIAL LIFE POSITIONS often
involve extensive and diverse responsibilities including
the support of residential students experiencing traumatic
life events. While live-in staff undergo extensive training
in regard to supporting these students, they are often
ill-equipped to understand and prevent potential negative
consequences associated with trauma support work
including burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary
traumatic stress. Given the increase in students reporting
traumatic life events including sexual violence, severe
economic hardships, and severe mental health disabilities,
it follows that live-in residential life staff are being
called on more frequently to serve as first responders
and support personnel for these students. Current
literature highlights the potentially deleterious impact of
trauma support work on helping professionals, but few
publications exist that highlight ways to prevent these
effects within a residential life context. This article looks
outside of the higher education literature to explore how a
related helping profession, social work, provides training
and education to social work practitioners in order to
mitigate potential negative outcomes stemming from their
work with individuals experiencing trauma.

The types of
traumas students
may experience
are diverse and
include, but are
not limited to,
severe mental
health crises,
sexual violence,
domestic violence,
severe economic
hardship, the
death of a loved
one, eating
disorders, hate
crimes and

Scholars and practitioners in higher education have described a
marked increase in the number of students who report experiencing a trauma event as well as an increase in the severity of student
trauma (Center for Collegiate Mental Health, 2015). For example,
the U.S. Department of Education (2016) reported a 25% increase
in hate crimes on college campuses, and the 2014 National Survey
of College Counseling Centers found that 43% of counseling center
directors reported an increased number of students struggling with
sexual assault as well as increases in students with severe psychological disorders (Gallagher, 2014). Despite the rise in student

discrimination,
natural disasters,
and substance
abuse (Lynch,
2017; Silverman &
Glick, 2010).

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