ERIC Number: EJ937681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
A Preliminary Examination of Burnout among Counselor Trainees Treating Clients with Recent Suicidal Ideation and Borderline Traits
Miller, Grant D.; Iverson, Katherine M.; Kemmelmeier, Markus; MacLane, Chelsea; Pistorello, Jacqueline; Fruzzetti, Alan E.; Watkins, Melanie M.; Pruitt, Larry D.; Oser, Megan; Katrichak, Barrie M.; Erikson, Karen M.; Crenshaw, Katrina Y.
Counselor Education and Supervision, v50 n5 p344-359 Sep 2011
Treating suicidal clients with borderline traits can be conducive to burnout. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may assuage this burnout in counselors. As part of a DBT treatment outcome study, 6 counselors in training collected their own salivary cortisol samples and completed self-report measures of burnout and well-being for 1 year. Findings indicate a significant interaction for cortisol levels by treatment condition, such that DBT counselors experienced less physiological stress over time relative to a control group of counselors. There were no group differences in self-reported burnout or well-being. DBT may have a salutary effect on trainees' physiological stress levels over time.
Descriptors: Control Groups, Burnout, Suicide, Counselor Training, Therapy, Trainees, Client Characteristics, Experimental Groups, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Outcomes of Treatment, Behavior Modification, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Well Being, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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