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.



How Wounded Healers Help: A Culture-Specific Response to Recovering from a Natural Disaster

Kim Vaz

2011

The concept of the “wounded healer” is one in which the recovered individual, who, because of her or his own personal suffering, relies on psychotherapeutic facilitating behaviors and speech, including sometimes spirituality, ritual, and the expressive arts to assist others in their own recuperations. Long the purview of writers and religious people, the concept of the „wounded healer‟ has been elaborated upon by poets and clergy who have left their writings behind to attest to how their own suffering, once endured, understood, and overcome, was used to console others.

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