Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
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Nathaniel William Nelson
This study investigated the correlation between vicarious trauma and supervisory working alliance among clinicians who provide sex offense-specific treatment utilizing a quantative non-parametric method. The study included 22 clinicians who provide sex offense-specific treatment and were receiving clinical supervision at the time of the study. Participants resided within Australia (9.1%), Canada (13.6%) and the United States (77.3%). Participants were recruited from professional global organizations, professional organizations within the United States and agencies within Minnesota. Participants completed a Qualtrics survey which included a demographic survey, Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (STSS), Supervisory Working Alliance (SWA)-Supervisee Form and four optional questions about historical psychiatric diagnoses and treatments. The results of the study found a nonsignificant negative correlation between scores on the SWA-Supervisee Form and scores on the STSS (rho=-.006, p=.979). Results found a significant positive correlation betwn STSS scores and hours per week providing sex offense-specific treatment (rho=.627, p=-.002). A weak negative correlation was found between SWA-Supervisee Form scores and hours per week providing sex offense-specific treatment (rho=-.054, p=.815). Results of the current study suggest there is a relationship between hours per week providing sex offense-specific treatment and experiences of vicarious trauma. Supervisory working alliance does not appear to be associated with vicarious trauma. Future research examining additional constructs associated with vicarious trauma is warranted. Additionally, due to the small sample size of the current study, additional research examining vicarious trauma and supervisory working alliance is warranted.
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Gleason, Alexis D., "Supervisory Alliance and Experiences of Vicarious Trauma Among Clinicians Providing Sex Offense-Specific Treatment" (2023). Professional Psychology Dissertations 2015-. 94.