The Effects of Trauma on Psychotherapists’ Vicarious Traumatization and Spirituality

 
The purpose of this study is to empirically investigate the relationship between trauma exposure, personal spirituality, and vicarious traumatization and transformation. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire and demographics form. Questions will explore details of clinicians’ degree of exposure to trauma in the course of their work, and any related impact of such trauma on their psychological, emotional, and spiritual health.

RESEARCHERS
Principal Investigator: Carla Sterling, M.A. School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University Supervising Faculty: Donald Walker, PhD. School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University.

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH STUDY
This study will empirically investigate the relationship between trauma exposure, personal spirituality, and vicarious traumatization and transformation. Additionally, the study will qualitatively explore participants’ experience of vicarious transformation and the resolution of spiritual struggles. The desired goal is to classify the forms of spiritual struggles that participants report experiencing, the nature of vicarious transformation, and their methods of resolving spiritual struggles en route to vicarious transformation of their trauma work.

If you decide to participate, then you will join a study involving research that consists of an online questionnaire which will ask you questions about your degree of exposure to clients’ trauma; your responses/reactions to vicarious trauma – including possible impact on your spiritual/religious functioning; your religious/spiritual affiliation and practices; coping resources used, including spiritual resources if applicable. If you say “YES”, then your participation will take about 30 minutes and will take place entirely online.

EXCLUSIONARY CRITERIA
Participants must be 25 years of age or older.
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