Psychologists’ perceptions of assessing and treating trauma-exposed clients

Shufan Wang, Liska Schramm, Emily Berger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Objective: Psychologists are primary care professionals responsible for providing treatment to people exposed to trauma. However, there has been limited research exploring psychologists’ perceptions of their practice and trauma-informed care when treating people exposed to trauma. The current study aimed to investigate: 1) psychologists’ perceptions of assessing and treating trauma-exposed clients; and 2) psychologists’ perceptions of trauma-informed practice and their need for further training in this area. Method: Surveys were completed by 99 psychologists, and the data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Psychologists reported the importance of further trauma-related training and showed an inconsistent understanding of trauma-informed practice. Conclusions: Changes in tertiary education for psychologists were recommended to assist future psychologists to develop competency and confidence in assessing and treating trauma-exposed clients. It was also recommended that psychologists with insufficient knowledge in this field to undertake further training in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • psychologists
  • training
  • Trauma
  • trauma-informed practice

Cite this