Have you ever considered the impact your counseling work has on your personal and professional life? Have you ever had moments where you experienced either trauma or resilience vicariously from your work with clients? If so, this study may be a great fit for you.
My name is Keri Johnson, and I am doctoral candidate at the University of Florida. I am conducting a quantitative research study that examines the presence of vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience in counselors-in-training that work with or have worked with clients who have personally been impacted by traumatic events. I will be analyzing answers to questionnaires in order to discover whether or not counselors-in-training experience trauma and/or resilience vicariously through working with and processing through client’s traumatic material.
Participants in this study will be asked to answer questions via an online database. This study will involve answering questions via an online database. The questionnaires may take up to 30 minutes to complete. Specific topics of these questions will include: general demographics, whether you are in practicum or internship, what academic program you are in, whether or not you have previous therapy experience, whether or not you have any personal history of traumatic events in your life, what type of caseload of clients you have, what type of setting you work in, and to what degree to you feel impacted by the work that you do.
There will be several requirements to participate in this study. Participants must be (a) at least 18 years of age, (b) able to read and understand English, (c) able to access the internet to complete online questionnaires, (d) a counseling training at a CACREP accredited program; (e) currently involved in clinical practice through practicum or internship, and (f) have experience working with client(s) who have a history of trauma.
There are no risks associated with this study. There is no compensation for participating in the study, however every 10th participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. There is no compensation for participating in the study, however every 10th participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Your assistance in completing the questionnaires is greatly appreciated.
Keri Johnson, M.A., M.Ed./Ed.S.
Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education
University of Florida