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ERIC Number: EJ930197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
The Counselor's Trauma as Counseling Motivation: Vulnerability or Stress Inoculation?
Jenkins, Sharon Rae; Mitchell, Jessica L.; Baird, Stephanie; Whitfield, Sarah Roby; Meyer, Heather Lynn
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n12 p2392-2412 Aug 2011
Should counselors with interpersonal trauma histories work with similarly traumatized clients? How does the work affect them? Current research is inconsistent. This study examines 101 sexual assault and domestic violence counselors' recalled motivations for trauma work, their reported subjective personal changes, and their secondary and vicarious trauma symptoms and burnout. Counselors motivated by interpersonal trauma report both more symptoms and positive changes (including dealing with their own trauma). Those seeking personal meaning report becoming more hypervigilant and self-isolating. Those saying they learned from clients rate symptoms lower, suggesting stress inoculation. Supervisors of trauma counselors should facilitate learning from clients separately from processing the counselor's trauma. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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