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Therapists' reactions to treatment of survivors of political torture
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences.
2003 (English)In: Professional psychology, research and practice, ISSN 0735-7028, Vol. 34, no 3, 294-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Working with survivors of political torture and war trauma can trigger strong emotional responses in the therapist. As more survivors seek treatment, it is essential to identify and develop robust support systems for therapists who help their clients confront nearly unspeakable experiences. The emotional reactions of 6 psychotherapists who worked with traumatized survivors in a refugee treatment center were explored. The psychotherapists' reactions were compared with those of therapists who worked in different treatment settings with other presenting problems. The results of the study show that the strong level of responsibility therapists feel for their traumatized clients may hide an emotional strain and may lead to burnout. Suggestions are offered for supporting therapists in this difficult but important work.

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2003. Vol. 34, no 3, 294-300 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33532DOI: 10.1037/0735-7028.34.3.294Local ID: 19557OAI: diva2:254355
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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