The Cost of Caring

a description of a possible vicarious trauma-triggering event. Describe the material that a client might bring in that could lead to vicarious trauma. Offer specific details of the trauma being described by the hypothetical client and how this might impact the counselor.  Identify yourself as a master’s student at the beginning of your post.

Course Text: Figley, C. (Ed). (1995). Compassion fatigue: Coping with secondary traumatic stress disorder in those who treat the traumatized. New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel. Chapter 1, “Compassion fatigue as secondary traumatic stress disorder: An overview” Course Text: Figley, C. (Ed.). (2002). Treating compassion fatigue. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner/Routledge. Chapter 1, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Helper Stresses, Traumas and Illness” Course Text: Quitangon, G. & Evces, M. (2015). Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience. New York: Routlege Chapter 1
Course Text: Stamm, B. (Ed.). (1999). Secondary traumatic stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators (2nd Ed.). Baltimore, MD: Sidran Press. Chapter 1, “Compassion Fatigue: Toward a New Understanding of the Cost of Caring” Article: Devilly, G., Wright, R., & Varker, T. (2009).Vicarious trauma and secondarytraumatic stress or simply burnout? Effect of trauma therapy on mental health professionals. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(4), 373–385.

Article: Harrision, R., & Westwood, M. (2009). Preventing vicarious traumatization of mental health therapists: Identifying protective practices. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46(2), 203 – 219. Article: Kanter, J. (2007). Compassion fatigue and traumatization: A second look. Clinical Social Work Journal, 35(4), 289–293. Article: Sexton, L. (1999). Vicarious traumatization of counselors and the effects on their workplaces. British Journal of Guidance & Counseling, 27(3), 393 – 403. Article: Trippany, R., White-Kress, V., & Wilcoxon, S. (2004). Preventing vicarious trauma: What counselors should know when working with trauma survivors? Journal of Counseling & Development, 82(1), 31 – 37.

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