Resilience of Professional Counselors Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
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Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 91, Issue 3, pages 261–268, July 2013
How to Cite
Lambert, S. F. and Lawson, G. (2013), Resilience of Professional Counselors Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of Counseling & Development, 91: 261–268. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2013.00094.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 3 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 APR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 12 FEB 2012
- posttraumatic growth;
- compassion fatigue;
- vicarious traumatization
Professional counselors who provided services to those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita completed the K6+ (screen for severe mental illness), the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, and the Professional Quality of Life Scale. Results indicated that participants who survived the hurricanes had higher levels of posttraumatic growth than participants who served as volunteers. Both volunteer and survivor-volunteer participants were susceptible to compassion fatigue. To further resiliency, self-care strategies were found to minimize burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization.