Title

Can volunteer counsellors help prevent psychological trauma? A preliminary communication on volunteers skills using the 'orienting approach' to trauma

RIS ID

16040

Publication Details

Phipps, A., Byrne, M. K. & Deane, F. P. (2007). Can volunteer counsellors help prevent psychological trauma? A preliminary communication on volunteers skills using the ''orienting approach'' to trauma. Stress and Health, 23 (1), 15-21.

Abstract

The capacity of 73 volunteer telephone counsellors to administer a brief and early intervention for secondary trauma was assessed. The counsellors participated in a 1-day training programme in the ‘Orienting Approach’ to Trauma Counselling (Phipps & Byrne, 2003). Volunteer counsellors showed significant improvements in both knowledge and skills from pre- to post-training. The potential benefits of this intervention to the community and professional health services are discussed.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smi.1110