Regenerative Supervision: A Restorative Approach for Counsellors Impacted by Vicarious Trauma

  • Rhonda Neswald-Potter Walden University
  • Robyn Trippany Simmons Walden University
Keywords: Vicarious Trauma, Vicarious Post Traumatic Growth, supervision, expressive arts

Abstract

Counsellors providing services for clients with traumatic material are vulnerable to vicariously experiencing emotional aspects of their clients’ experiences (Jordan, 2010). This vicarious experiencing, a phenomenon known as vicarious trauma (VT), can impact the counsellor’s functioning. The Regenerative Model is an expressive arts model of counselling supervision well-suited for processing the effects of VT. This article provides an overview of VT and its related phenomenon, vicarious posttraumatic growth (VPTG). An explanation follows of how the Regenerative Model may be employed to mitigate the effects of VT while facilitating development of VPTG. Case examples are included.

Author Biographies

Rhonda Neswald-Potter, Walden University
Rhonda Neswald-Potter is a core faculty member with Walden University, serving in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
Robyn Trippany Simmons, Walden University
Robyn Trippany is the residency coordinator for the School of Counseling at Walden University.
Published
2016-02-10
How to Cite
Neswald-Potter, R., & Trippany Simmons, R. (2016). Regenerative Supervision: A Restorative Approach for Counsellors Impacted by Vicarious Trauma. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61075
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Articles/ Articles