Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.

The Effects of Trauma Treatment on the Therapist

The effects of trauma treatment on the therapist

For the clinician, therapy with individuals who have experienced trauma firsthand frequently provides rewarding therapeutic experiences. Facilitating individuals’ healing and growth offers a glimpse into the strength and resiliency of the human spirit and people's capacity for overcoming some of life's most cruel and tragic events. Inspiring stories abound regarding people's courage to face unimaginable assaults and personal indignities. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that therapeutic work with people who have been traumatized may have growth-producing effects for the therapist (Linley & Joseph, 2007).

Nonetheless, therapists who bear witness to the traumatic suffering of others may, like the people they treat, suffer negative effects. Repeated stories of physical assaults, ...

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