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Jul 17, 2017 Missoula’s County Attorney says helping victims of violent crime is deeply rewarding work. But Kirsten Pabst adds there’s also a dark side to the job that’s not talked about enough. “Prosecutors have a really high incidence of turnover, burnout and a really high incidence of suicide," Pabst says. "What we’re learning now, finally, is that doing this kind of work, which is good work and helping real people, isn’t sustainable unless you take care of it and process the trauma that we’re exposed to every day.” Pabst is talking about secondary trauma. It’s a lot like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her office is gaining national attention for its in-house secondary trauma program. It’s designed for prosecutors like Missoula Deputy County Attorney Jordan Kilby who don’t want the intensity of the job to adversely affect their professional or personal lives. “Really at the end of the day we’re working with people who’ve been through a whole lot more," Kilby says. "The point of this program is

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