Experiences of stress in a trauma treatment course

Patricia J Shannon, Jennifer S McCleary, Hyojin Im, Emily Becher, Rachel E. Crook-Lyon

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This study explores the reactions of social work students in a course on trauma treatment and how those reactions changed over time. Consensual qualitative research methods were used to analyze 17 participant journals submitted at 4 times during the course. Findings indicate that students experienced a range of responses to traumatic material, including both positive and negative emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physical, and relational reactions. Student survivors of trauma reported reactions related to their own trauma. Although student reactions became less acute over time during the course, recommendations for the pedagogy of trauma are offered, including curriculum related to the management of vicarious and secondary trauma reactions as well as the development of evidence-based practices for self-care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)678-693
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


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