Counselors in all clinical settings work with clients who have experienced trauma to some extent in their lifetime. When individuals who have experienced trauma seek counseling services, counselors are exposed to their clients’ traumatic experiences. This increased exposure, in turn, increases the counselors’ vulnerability of taking on their clients’ traumatic events. This poster will provide research results on maximizing resiliency to prevent vicarious trauma and subthreshold PTSD in professional counselors.
Educators, supervisors and counselors will be able to understand how resilience helps prevent symptoms of vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD in professional counselors. This information can be used by counselor educators and supervisors to educate students in counseling and practicing counselors on how to maximize resilience to prevent vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD to maintain longevity in the profession of counseling.
Professional counselors will be able to understand the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD and become aware of the strategies that can be used to prevent vicarious trauma in themselves. Having the awareness and education about vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD allows the counselor be better prepared to treat their clients who have experienced traumatic events.
Educators, supervisors and counselors will gain understanding of how to prevent harm to clients by becoming more aware of the detrimental effects of vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD and maximizing resiliency in practicing counselors. A compromised counselor who is experiencing vicarious trauma risks harming their client and the profession of counseling. Therefore, it is essential counselor educators and supervisors begin to maximize counselor resilience to prevent or lessen the occurrence of vicarious trauma and sub threshold PTSD future and practicing counselors.
Therapist and Forensic Interviewer,
Tri-County Children's Advocacy Center