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Citation

Jenkins SR, Mitchell JL, Baird S, Whitfield SR, Meyer HL. J. Interpers. Violence 2011; 26(12): 2392-2412.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0886260510383020

PMID

20956440

Abstract

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.


Language: en

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