Past Initiatives

Trauma resilience among israeli experts (2012-2017)

The purpose of the initiative was to find consensus among the leading experts in Israel regarding the definition, characteristics, and axioms about of trauma resilience. A research team interviewed 6 Israeli experts suggested by a panel of 16 internationally known experts on the topic. In addition to asking about their research, theories and practice of trauma assessment and treatment, they were asked about their lived life in Israel that has endured regular threats through rocket attacks from enemies around them, terrorist attacks, border crossing attacks, and other trauma-inducing threats. The interviews were videotaped analyzed to identify one or more axioms (common truisms) about trauma resilience among Israelis.

The following publications are a direct result of this project:

  • McCleary, J. & Figley, C. R. (2017). Introduction to the Special Issue on Resilience and Trauma: Expanding Definitions, Uses, and Contexts. Traumatology, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1–3.
  • Corzine, E., Figley, C. R., Marks, R., Cannon, C., Lattone, V. & Weatherly, C. (2017). Identifying Resilience Truisms: Israeli Experts on Trauma Resilience. Traumatology, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 1, 4–9 1085-9373/17/$12.00
  • Dekel, R. (2017). My Personal and Professional Trauma Resilience Truisms. Traumatology, 2017, Vol. 23, 3, No. 1, 10–17. No. 1, 4–9 1085-9373/17/$12.00
  • Senesh, D. (2017). Trauma and Resilience: From Trench to Bench. Vol. 23, No. 1, 18–22
  • Bleich, A. (2017). Trauma Resilience and Being Israeli. , Vol. 23, No. 1, 23–26.
  • Lahad, M. (2017). From Victim to Victor or How to Make Lemonade Out of a Lemon Vol. 23, No. 1, 27–34,
  • Berger, R. (2017). An Ecological-Systemic Approach to Resilience: A View of a Professional Working in the Trenches. Vol. 23, No. 1, 35–42.

Secondary trauma initiative (2007-2017)

The purpose of this Initiative was threefold: (1) to determine the fundamental mechanism of Secondary Trauma Induction and Reduction; (2) develop a model that accurately predicts compassion fatigue resilience, and; (3) provide a set of resources, including video messages, to assist disaster and emergency workers now. The Initiative was started in 2007 at Florida State University and completed in 2017.

The following publications are a direct result of this project:

  • Ludick, M., Figley, C. R. (2017). Toward a mechanism for secondary trauma induction and reduction: Reimagining a theory of secondary traumatic stress. Vol. 23, No. 1, 112–123,
  • Figley, C. R. & Ludick, M. (2017). Secondary traumatization and Compassion Fatigue, 573-593. In S. Gold (ed.) Handbook of Trauma Psychology, Volume 1. Washington, DC: APA books.
  • Figley, C. R. & Figley, K. R. (2017). Compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress in working with the traumatized. In J. Doty, M. Worline, E. Simon-Thomas, D. Cameron & S. Brown (Eds.). Oxford Compassion Handbook. NY: Oxford University Press.
  • 4Abendroth, M.  & Figley, C. R. (2014). Vicarious Traumatization and Empathic Discernment: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries, 111-125. In D. Murphy, S. Joseph, and B. Harris (Eds.), Trauma, Recovery, and the Therapeutic Relationship: Putting the therapeutic relationship at the heart of trauma therapy. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Boscarino, J. A., Adams, R. E. & Figley, C. R. (2010). Secondary Trauma Issues for Psychiatrists. Psychiatric Times, 27:11:24-26.
  • Figley, C. R. & Figley, K. R. (2009). Stemming the Tide of Trauma Systemically: The Role of Family Therapy. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 173-183.
  • Bride, B. E. and Figley, C. R. (2009).  Secondary Trauma and Military Veteran Caregivers. Smith College Studies in Social Work.79: 3&4, 314-329.
  • Adams, R.E., Boscarino, J. A. and Figley, C.R. (2006). Compassion fatigue and Psychological Distress Among Social Workers: A Validation Study. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76:1, 103-108.
  • Boscarino, J. A., Figley, C. R. and Adams, R. E. (2004). Evidence of Compassion Fatigue following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks: A Study of Secondary Trauma among Social Workers in New York. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 6:2, 98-108.
  • Bride, B. E., & Figley, C. R. (2007). Special Issue on Compassion Fatigue. Clinical Social Work Journal, 35:151–153.