It is believed that counselors working with trauma survivors experience vicarious trauma because of the work they do. Vicarious trauma is the emotional residue of exposure that counselors have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured (American Counseling Association).
Our counselors hear stories like this one:
A young lady visited our center with an eight (8) month old, needing material assistance. She has been working to recover from a tragic loss. Her oldest child passed away; the result of being fed methadone, by the father.
Hearing stories like this leave a lasting impression and can lead to vicarious trauma, which can impact a counselor’s subsequent counseling sessions. Vicarious trauma can also impact a counselor’s personal life, such as relationships with family and friends, as well as the counselor’s health – emotional, physical and spiritual. The counselors at CPC love the Lord and love being conduit through which His grace and mercy flows to touch lives, for the Kingdom. But they are not invincible. They need and desire that the Body of Christ be their Aaron and Hur – holding them up in prayer, as they show compassion in the counseling rooms.
Please share your prayer in the comments section so our counselors may read them and be encouraged and strengthened.
“Music is the universal language of mankind” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) While not all music genres fit our discerning taste, once in a while something comes along that makes us take note.