Trauma Therapy published
This book describes a research programme which investigated the effects on therapists of conducting psychotherapy with adult survivors of child abuse. Participants in the programme worked within the National Counselling Service, an organization set up in 2000 by the Irish Government to support adult survivors of institutional abuse which occurred in Irish reformatories and industrial schools. The results of this research showed that for about a third of professionals, particularly those with maladaptive defence mechanisms, the process of conducting trauma therapy had a negative impact on their psychological adjustment and quality of life. However, for many professionals, conducting trauma therapy was an enriching and rewarding experience. The effects of conducting trauma therapy on professionals’ well-being was explained in term of a multifactorial ecological model. This research highlights the importance of supervision for professionals conducting psychotherapy with adult survivors of child abuse.