This issue Traumatology discusses about trauma research, treatment, and humanitarian work. One of the article in this issue presents a more humane approach with less risk of iatrogenic effects when teaching graduate students about trauma. In his model, Black adapts the principles of resourcing, titrating, and reciprocal inhibition to soften the distressing effects of trauma material and prevent compassion fatigue and other unwanted consequences. This is in contrast to some approaches to trauma treatment that adopt flooding and catharsis as goals for accommodating to the trauma material in the learning process. The Black model of modulating the secondary trauma effects in the classroom might be useful for any educational, briefing, or orientation meeting in which potentially disturbing photos, case reports, or discussions are a critical part of the presentation.
Original Work Citation
Figley, C. R. (2006, December). Editorial. Traumatology, 12(4), 263-265. doi:10.1177/1534765606297874
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