Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Maria T. Riva

Second Advisor

Jennifer Gafford

Third Advisor

Duan Zhang

Keywords

Clinical supervision, Indirect trauma, Secondary traumatic stress, Supervisees, Trauma-informed supervision, Vicarious trauma

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between perceived quality of clinical supervision and levels of vicarious trauma (VT) and secondary traumatic stress (STS) in a sample of novice therapists who reported working with survivors of sexual trauma. The researcher included therapist’s personal sexual trauma history and history of therapy for sexual trauma as covariate variables. Results did not support the predictive value of clinical supervision in determining level of VT or STS in this population. There were no meaningful differences among groups based on personal history of sexual trauma or participation in therapy. A high percentage of participants in this sample (92.30%) reported moderate to high levels of VT. Approximately 36.89% of the sample reported symptoms that meet criteria for STS. Fifty-nine percent of the sample (n = 61) endorsed a personal history of sexual trauma, yet only 23 participants (22.3%) reported they sought therapy after the sexual trauma. Prevalence of trauma-informed supervision strategies was also examined.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jessica L. Mantia

File size

132 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Counseling psychology

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