Shared Resilience in a Traumatic Reality: A New Concept for Trauma Workers Exposed Personally and Professionally to Collective Disaster

Orit Nuttman-Shwartz

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Abstract

This article proposes a new concept, shared resilience in a traumatic reality (SRTR), which refers to trauma workers in shared reality situations. Based on the literature that emphasizes the positive effects of exposure to traumatic events for workers in this field, this article expands the perception of shared traumatic situations and examines the ability of trauma workers to cope, to show resilience, and to grow as a result of the mutual relationship with their clients. The literature review presents a variety of terms referring to the positive effects of working with trauma survivors on therapists as a basis for the new concept proposed here. These terms highlight the importance of empathic mutual aid relationships, which are a basic component for promoting resilience in a shared traumatic reality. The relative nature of shared resilience is discussed, bearing in mind that resilience can be manifested as emotions, behaviors, and conceptions. Various findings relating to shared resilience in traumatic situations are reviewed, and recommendations for research, practice, and policy are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-475
Number of pages10
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • compassion satisfaction
  • professional growth
  • secondary resilience
  • shared reality
  • shared resilience
  • shared trauma
  • shared traumatic reality
  • shared traumatic stress
  • vicarious posttraumatic growth
  • vicarious resilience

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