Professional Self-Care During the Asylum Process

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Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Therapists: Vicarious Resilience and Related Concepts in Training

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An integrative training framework articulating multiple perspectives on the impact of trauma work is offered with a training/supervision exercise to address the complex and systemic relationships that affect therapists in both positive and negative manners. The concepts of vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, compassion fatigue, resilience, posttraumatic growth, altruism born of suffering, and reciprocity are reviewed. The paper highlights the importance of vicarious resilience as a dimension of experience that counteracts the normally occurring fatiguing processes that trauma therapists experience.
 
From Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2010, pp. 67–83. By Hernandez, P., Engstrom, D., and Gangsei, D.

Professional Wellness and Stress Management

David Gangsei presents on self care for those who serve survivors of torture. The presentation is especially for those working in the legal field, but is relevant to many disciplines.

This video is approximately 20 minutes long.

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Secondary Traumatization and Burnout in Professionals Working with Torture Survivors

Birck, Angelika (2001), Traumatology, 7: 85-90

Abstract: Twenty-five professionals of the Treatment Center for Torture Victims in Berlin (BZFO) took part in a study about burnout, secondary traumatization and satisfaction with work. Burnout was very low, whereas PTSD-like symptoms were increased in mental health professionals as well as in administration staff. Beliefs about the value and safety of other people were most disrupted. Satisfaction with work was high. The insecure residence situation of most patients and the associated conflicts with state authorities were described as major stressors. Exposure to traumatic themes of patients was reported to be less stressful.
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Link: http://tmt.sagepub.com/content/7/2/85.abstract

Vicarious Trauma, Vicarious Resilience and Self-Care

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Gangsei, D (2011, 3 pp.)

This essay examines the phenomenon of vicarious trauma, its impact on those who work with traumatized clients and the importance of self-care.