Shared Trauma: When the Professional is Personal

Carol Tosone, Orit Nuttman-Shwartz, Tricia Stephens

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    Abstract

    Concepts describing secondary trauma phenomena do not adequately capture the profound impact that collective catastrophic events can have on mental health professionals living and working in traumatogenic environments. Shared trauma, by contrast, contains aspects of primary and secondary trauma, and more accurately describes the extraordinary experiences of clinicians exposed to the same community trauma as their clients. Case vignettes from clinicians in Manhattan and Sderot, Israel are provided to illustrate the transformative changes that clinicians may undergo as a result of dual exposure to trauma. Discussion involves the importance of articulating one's own trauma narrative and attending to self-care prior to resuming clinical work, as well as opportunities for enhanced therapeutic intimacy and caution regarding boundary alterations that may result from clinician self-disclosure. Agency settings can provide the necessary education, supervision, and support to mitigate the negative effects of shared trauma.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)231-239
    Number of pages9
    JournalClinical Social Work Journal
    Volume40
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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    trauma
    Wounds and Injuries
    Self Disclosure
    Israel
    Self Care
    Mental Health
    intimacy
    health professionals
    Education
    supervision
    mental health
    narrative
    event
    community
    education
    Compassion Fatigue
    experience
    Therapeutics

    Keywords

    • Collective trauma
    • Community trauma
    • Posttraumatic stress
    • Secondary trauma
    • Shared trauma
    • Shared traumatic reality
    • Vicarious trauma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Shared Trauma : When the Professional is Personal. / Tosone, Carol; Nuttman-Shwartz, Orit; Stephens, Tricia.

    In: Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2, 01.06.2012, p. 231-239.

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    Tosone, C, Nuttman-Shwartz, O & Stephens, T 2012, 'Shared Trauma: When the Professional is Personal', Clinical Social Work Journal, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 231-239. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-012-0395-0
    Tosone, Carol ; Nuttman-Shwartz, Orit ; Stephens, Tricia. / Shared Trauma : When the Professional is Personal. In: Clinical Social Work Journal. 2012 ; Vol. 40, No. 2. pp. 231-239.
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