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Doctoral Students’ Perceptions of Trauma Training in Clinical Psychology Programs
by Anderson, Martha E., Psy.D., Adler University, 2019, 215; 22621576
Abstract (Summary)

The focus in this phenomenological qualitative study was to explore advanced clinical psychology doctoral students’ self-reported experiences with respect to the training they have received in traumatic stress. Factors perceived to support or hinder student success in obtaining this training were explored. The seven students’ experiences varied widely, although one limitation of the study was that, as a result of the use of snowball sampling, three students were in the same program. Some students reported receiving minimal exposure to trauma training and lacked the language to articulate their knowledge or describe trauma-informed or trauma-specific approaches to clinical work with trauma-exposed individuals, whereas a few participants had received rich training experiences within innovative programs. In general, participants reported having had insufficient opportunities to obtain trauma-related academic training and hands-on practice with evidence-based treatments for trauma. Only two of the seven participants had been able to take trauma-specific courses. In contrast, the student with the most in-depth trauma training was able to take two elective trauma courses and received training in a trauma-focused vertical clinical treatment team. The participants advocated for the expansion of trauma-related training in their programs and suggested changes to clinical psychology programs, including increased prioritizing of trauma training in academic and clinical settings; access to training in trauma-informed care, sexual assault, and evidence-based treatments; clinical experience with complex cases; availability of trauma-informed or trauma-specific supervision; establishing more trauma-focused vertical clinical treatment teams; and facilitating open, safe student communities to discuss their experiences in order to prevent and manage vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Henning, Janna
Commitee: Alvarez, Josefina, McNeilly, Catherine
School: Adler University
Department: Clinical Psychology - Chicago
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Adult education
Keywords: Doctoral programs, Education, Trauma, Traumatic stress psychology
Publication Number: 22621576
ISBN: 9781392546307
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