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How We Protect Therapists: Current and Future Directions in Vicarious Trauma Research

About the Course:

This forum is based on a comprehensive literature review of secondary trauma (STS/VT/CF) and a plea for renewed research for the next decade. Offering an overview and critique of the research literature, we focus on the personal and organizational risk factors for trauma therapists. Covering a brief review of the concepts of secondary trauma (including VT and CF), the author presents our current knowledge about the risks of working in the field of trauma. Emphasis is placed on helping to educate training directors and clinical managers (and trainees) on how to set up treatment clinics that help to mitigate the risk to therapists posed by secondary trauma. A review of evidence-based treatments is also provided. The forum offers opportunity for attendees to share their experiences working in the field of trauma while simultaneously challenging our community to face these very real hazards that are often ignored despite their prevalence among trauma therapists. A candid yet supportive environment will be created to help attendees examine these difficult decisions for therapists and supervisors working in the trauma field. A call for a new phase of secondary trauma research is made for this vital yet often neglected aspect to our work.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, How We Protect Therapists: Current and Future Directions in Vicarious Trauma Research created by Adam Meiselman, PhD in 2020.

Publication Date:

May 2020

Course Material Author

Adam Meiselman, PhD

Trained as a clinical psychologist at Florida State University, Adam Meiselman is currently a professor at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences in the Division of Counseling and Psychology where he serves as a core faculty member and the coordinator of the trauma program for their LMHC program in Mental Health Counseling. Before joining Lesley, Dr. Meiselman worked overseas in Ireland, where he ran the psychology services for one of the catchment areas of the national health system in the country. At Lesley, he returned to teach more and continue his research on secondary trauma that he started to develop while running part of the psychology services in the Irish health system.

Currently, Prof. Meiselman runs a small research unit at Lesley University looking at complex trauma, secondary trauma, and the college campus sexual assault epidemic plaguing the US. Additional research projects include treating the co-occurring disorders (including complex trauma) as well as research projects and consultation that focuses on efficacious treatment options that are also cost effective when viewed by systemic service delivery models. Married to an Irish national, Professor Meiselman has been connected to both sides of the pond since 1990.

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify structural and individual risk and resiliency factors associated with vicarious/secondary trauma with a particular focus on the specific risks associated with running clinics that offer specialized treatment for trauma as their main clinical service

  2. Plan how they will modify their own clinical practice and trauma clinics based on these recommendations

  3. Build a scholarly grass-roots network of trauma therapists and scholars that will be generated by willing forum attendees that seek additional opportunity to formulate new initiatives for the next decade of applied research in secondary trauma

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Course Number 102826
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