VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Helping Counselors “Stay in Their Chair”: Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Supervision

Marlise R. Lonn and Maria Haiyasoso


Counselors in all settings have the potential to experience vicarious trauma through their work with clients who are trauma survivors. Clinical supervision is an important part of counselor training and development, and supervisors are in a position to assist novice counselors in recognizing and ameliorating vicarious trauma. This article highlights the characteristics of vicarious trauma, provides information on the impact of vicarious trauma, and presents a case study illustrating means for addressing vicarious trauma in supervision. The article concludes with recommendations and implications for supervisors based on the literature.
Keywords: vicarious trauma, supervision, case study, counselor education

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