Vicarious Trauma Analysis

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Burnout and vicarious trauma are two hazards to be aware of in the counseling profession. Due to heavy workloads counselors can develop burnout due to heavy workloads and not taking adequate care of their own needs. After reading about vicarious trauma, which "refers to the cumulative effect of working with traumatized clients interference with the therapist 's feelings cognitive schemas, memories, self-esteem, and/or sense of safety" (Hernandez, Engstrom & Gangsei, 2010). I definitely understand that as a future counselor it is imperative for me to abstain from experiencing compassion fatigue, or secondary victimization. Furthermore, although I am not a counselor yet, I am a teacher that truly cares about her students who carry heavy burdens
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