Are EMDR therapists at greater risk of developing secondary traumatic stress disorders?

Description

Therapists who come into contact with traumatised individuals are at risk of absorbing their distress resulting in their own psychological injury. There is a variety of factors that increase the likelihood of this happening and it can be argued that the EMDR therapist is exposed to many more of these factors than the generic therapist or counsellor. The presenters hope to raise awareness of these risks as the first step in addressing them and reducing the stigma in admitting to secondary trauma. As well as being provided with a theoretical overview of secondary trauma, participants in this workshop will be encouraged to consider their own level of risk and practical steps they can take to reduce this. The workshop will provide an overview of psychological injury constructs including Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout along with a description of signs and symptoms of secondary trauma. Current recommendations for treatment options are outlined and an example is given of how EMDR can be used to successfully treat secondary trauma in the therapist.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Liz Royle
Catherine Kerr

Original Work Citation

Royle, L., & Kerr, C. (2010, March). Are EMDR therapists at greater risk of developing secondary traumatic stress disorders? Presentation at the 8th EMDR Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference & AGM, Dublin, Ireland

Collection

Citation

“Are EMDR therapists at greater risk of developing secondary traumatic stress disorders?,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed December 8, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/19911.

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