Spiritual well-being, burnout and trauma in counsellors and psychotherapists

Piers Hardiman, Janette Graetz Simmonds

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Burnout represents a potential risk for counsellors and psychotherapists in their work with distressed clients. In the research reported here, the relationship between spiritual well-being and burnout was explored, with attention paid to clinicians? perceptions of trauma. Eighty-nine Australian counsellors and psychotherapists (71 females and 18 males) completed a demographic survey, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, and Spiritual Well-Being Scale. It was found that existential well-being accounted for some of the variance in MBI subscale scores, and buffered the effect of trauma on emotional exhaustion. In addition, clinicians who reported high levels of existential well-being reported being better able to avoid emotional exhaustion when working with severely traumatised clients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044 - 1055
Number of pages12
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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