Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, And Professional Burnout

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Vicarious trauma
Introduction
Counselor impairment can be caused by multiple factors. Vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and professional burnout associated with impairment, because it can changes the way the counselor thinks and behaves in maladaptive ways (Newell, Gordon & MacNeil, 2010; Kadambi, 2004). All counselors have a legal and ethically responsibility to prevent this form happening (ACA, 2014; LPC Act, 2014; State of Oklahoma, 2007). Although there is some research on how to identified vicarious trauma, there is still a void cohesive preventive treatment compared to the need (Newell, Gordon & MacNeil, 2010). Professionally, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and professional burnout is high risk for affecting highly trained, previously competent counselors (ACA, 2014; LPC Act, 2014; State of Oklahoma, 2007). This issue should be at a high priority level for counselor, because it can change thinking processes (Newell, Gordon & MacNeil, 2010; Kadambi, 2004). Therefore, it can alter client’s care significantly. However, the counselors have to know the concepts associated with negate impairment and know preventive measures (ACA, 2014; LPC Act, 2014; State of Oklahoma, 2007).
Definitions
Researcher hypothesizes that clinicians unique setting has three factor which creates an environment that vicarious trauma can be more than others (Kadambi, 2004). First, counselors are exposure to emphatic engagement with the client’s trauma. Second, counselors have to face
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