WHEN TRAUMA HITS HOME: PERSONAL TRAUMA AND THE FAMILY THERAPIST

Authors

  • Joyce L. Carbonell,

    1. Joyce L. Carbonell, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1051.
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  • Charles R. Figley

    1. Charles R. Figley, PhD, is Director of the Interdivisional Program of Marriage and Family Therapy, Florida State University, Sandels Building Room 103, Tallahassee, FL 32306.
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Abstract

This paper discusses the immediate and long-term psychosocial consequences of traumatic events that can affect psychotherapists, including family therapits. Traumatic events invade both work and personal life and can create both opportunities and dangers. These will be discussed from a traumatological perspective. including how traumatic reactions may affect a family therapist's work.

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