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Inside the Clinician’s Mind: Understanding the Counseling Process When Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Jalbert, Sara (2017) Inside the Clinician’s Mind: Understanding the Counseling Process When Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 6.


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The present study examined helping professionals’ perspectives concerning the issues of domestic violence in the counseling profession, including best practices for treating the population, the needs of the population, counselor training, difficulties in treating these clients, and counselor self-care. The rigorous nature of a counseling graduate program does not often allot extensive training in treating domestic violence victims. It is necessary to consider the perspectives of those clinicians who work directly with domestic violence when working with this population given that evidence-based practices are sparse. This qualitative study analyzed findings derived from individual, semi-structured interviews with ten clinicians. Findings produced several major domains including: the significant role of counselor as self, how the counselor lens impacts client work, and the degree to which clinicians are underprepared and to which clients are underserved. The findings of this study are salient in informing future research in domestic violence and the training required to treat this population.

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: domestic violence; intimate partner violence; counseling; counselor education; self-care; evidence-based practices; clinician perspectives
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 18:31
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/3004

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