The Work Experiences of Counselors in a Juvenile Detention Center with Indications of Secondary Trauma


Brooke Leird

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Spring 2015


There are numerous risks involved in working with clients who have experienced some form of trauma. Secondary trauma is one of the risks counselors may face when providing counseling services to clients who have experienced trauma. The primary focus of this study is to gain a better understanding of how secondary trauma was experienced by counselors who have worked in juvenile detention centers. This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach to explore the experiences of secondary trauma that have been described by each participant. Participants in this study reported numerous symptoms of secondary trauma that related to the trauma stories they heard while working in detention centers. Additionally, this study identified different themes that arose throughout the study. Implications of findings are discussed and recommendations are provided.


Amir Abbassi

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences