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Maintaining helper wellness and competence in a shared trauma reality
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- Received: 14 August 2016
- Accepted: 19 August 2016
- Published: 6 September 2016
As shared trauma reality becomes more common in Israel and other countries, this commentary argues that we need more research to inform how to best assist mental health professionals who are both victims and helpers in the aftermath of traumatic events. Typical remedies for the occupational hazards of working with trauma survivors may not apply for those who are exposed to a prolonged terror threat. Research-informed self-care strategies need to be identified and practiced.
- Gaza Strip
- Occupational Hazard
- Compassion Fatigue
- Resilience Factor
- Trauma Survivor
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Dr. James Halpern is Professor and Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, The State University of New York at New Paltz and coauthor of Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice. He has given numerous presentations on trauma and Disaster Mental Health throughout the US and abroad. He has received many federal, New York State and United Nations grants to develop curriculum and deliver training in Disaster Mental Health.
Pruginin I, Segal-Engelchin D, Isralowitz R, Reznik A: Shared War Reality Effects on the Professional Quality of Life of Mental Health Professionals. Isr J of Health Policy Res 2016, 5:17 doi:10.1186/s13584-016-0075-6.
The author declares that he has no competing interests.
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