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Self-Care in Working with Torture and Trauma Survivors: Professional Boundaries, Transference and Countertransference

Self-Care in Working with Torture and Trauma Survivors: Professional Boundaries, Transference and Countertransference

Working with survivors of torture and refugee trauma is rewarding and inspiring. However, clinicians who are working with people who have experienced war trauma and the impact of state sponsored terrorism will undoubtedly be personally affected by hearing about these traumatic events, and by witnessing the considerable impact and distress they can cause. Therefore working with survivors of profound trauma and injustice is complex. Maintaining good self-care and professional boundaries, as well as dealing with issues of transference and countertransference can be challenging. In this Clinical Master Class, Dr George Lianos and Deb Gould will explore these complex processes and suggest strategies which allow us to practice our unique profession in ways which are safe, sustainable and aim to develop post traumatic growth and resilience.