Professional posttraumatic growth after a shared traumatic experience: Manhattan clinicians' perspectives on post-9/11 practice

Jennifer Bauwens, Carol Tosone

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    Clinicians who live and work in natural and man-made disaster-prone areas are often exposed to trauma primarily as citizens and secondarily as a result of their professional practice. In an attempt to better understand this increasingly common experience of collective trauma, this study explored the long-term impact of September 11 on the professional lives of 201 Manhattan clinicians. Participants reported that 9=11 was the impetus for enhancing self-care, changing clinical modality, and forging new skills. Positive changes were also reported within the therapeutic relationship, including increased compassion and connectedness with clients. Negative effects included feeling ill-equipped to work in the gravity of 9=11, an increased sense of vulnerability, and disappointment with professional organizations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)498-517
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
    Volume15
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

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    Professional Practice
    Wounds and Injuries
    Gravitation
    professional association
    Disasters
    Self Care
    Growth
    disaster
    Emotions
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    vulnerability
    citizen
    Therapeutics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Phychiatric Mental Health
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Professional posttraumatic growth after a shared traumatic experience : Manhattan clinicians' perspectives on post-9/11 practice. / Bauwens, Jennifer; Tosone, Carol.

    In: Journal of Loss and Trauma, Vol. 15, No. 6, 01.11.2010, p. 498-517.

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