A phenomenological exploration of the impact of a traumatic incident (death of a child) on Social Services Staff

Authors

  • Anne Gilbert

Keywords:

death, trauma, vicarious traumatisation, Gestalt psychotherapy, support, shame

Abstract

The research article is a phenomenological exploration of the effects of a traumatic event (death of a child) on Social Services personnel, the meaning they constructed from it, and the their perception of what was missing in terms of support. Implications for social services and for Gestalt therapy and practice are critically discussed.

Author Biography

Anne Gilbert

Anne Gilbert holds a Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy and runs a private practice. She is also a qualified Social Worker and is employed as a Counsellor in a large Social Services department. She has a special interest in the impact of trauma on people's lives.

For contact regarding this article or related issues: anne.gilbert@btopenworld.com

Published

2006-07-01

How to Cite

Gilbert, A. (2006). A phenomenological exploration of the impact of a traumatic incident (death of a child) on Social Services Staff. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (1), 1-9. Retrieved from http://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/2

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