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Various trauma: Emotional disruption and approaches to coping

Painter, Everett and Woodside, Marianne (2016) Various trauma: Emotional disruption and approaches to coping. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 5.

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Counselors attend to a variety of client situations in which exposure to traumatic information is frequent. A broad base of research exists regarding direct trauma experiences and research is beginning to examine its impact on the counselor. This paper explores a potentially pervasive and damaging condition referred to as vicarious traumatization. The underlying notion behind vicarious trauma suggests that counselors working with trauma survivors may be significantly impacted by repeated exposure to the trauma their clients share in session. The authors explore a foundation of clinical and anecdotal support and discuss construct clarity and research methodology. Suggested coping strategies are discussed along with the important recognition of underutilization. Information on coping is followed by a discussion focused on a new perspective, that of promoting the positive and beneficial aspects of trauma work in an effort to more fully understand the complexities of trauma work. Finally, recommendations for further research are presented and the need for additional information on specific populations discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, vicarious traumatization, trauma, self-care, occupational stress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 21:37
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2341

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