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Helping those who help

Anna Kelsey-Sugg

Vicarious trauma, supporting staff dealing with traumatic situations.

According to American researchers, Laurie Anne Pearlman and Lisa McCann, vicarious trauma – a term they coined – refers to “the enduring psychological consequences for therapists resulting from exposure to the traumatic experience of victim clients” (Pearlman and McCann, 1990). In a talk given at the National Workers’ Compensation Summit, counselling coordinator at the New South Wales Rape Crisis Centre, ...

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