Department

Psychology, Professional

Date of Paper/Work

Spring 5-23-2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Advisors

Consuelo Cavalieri, PhD, and Jean M Birbilis, PhD, LP, BCB

Abstract

The literature (Figley, 1995; McCann & Pearlman, 1990) has long indicated that therapists who work with trauma survivors are at risk of developing symptoms resulting from exposure to clients’ trauma narratives. Therapists may even develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychology trainees are particularly at risk of developing symptoms given their limited experience and less-developed cache of coping mechanisms. More recently, the literature (Lucero, 2002; Gottesman, 2008) has explored the construct of resilience as a protective factor for preventing the development of secondary trauma. Although it is understood that resilience can serve as protection from developing long-standing symptoms resulting from trauma, to date there are no training resources available that have been developed for promoting resiliency in psychology trainees. This resiliency training protocol, developed for psychology trainees, presents evidence-based, cognitive behavioral techniques for promoting resilience.

Keywords

resilience, secondary trauma, psychology trainees

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