Strengthening Resilience Against Vicarious Trauma: A Counselor-Developed Training Program for Physician Residents

Abstract

The increasing prevalence of vicarious trauma among physician residents in Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs poses significant challenges to both individual well-being and patient care quality (Gundacker et al., 2021; Seo et al., 2021). This paper introduces a novel training program, Support-U Training Program (SUTP), crafted by counselors within these programs to enhance resilience against such traumas. Utilizing innovative strategies, SUTP focuses on cultivating long-term coping mechanisms through peer support networks and resilience-building techniques. The program not only addresses immediate stressors but also integrates continuous professional development and mental health maintenance, thus fostering a culture of self-care and empathy among healthcare providers. The pilot implementation of SUTP shows promising results in improving communication and support capabilities among participants, with notable advancements in managing stress and emotional exhaustion that often precede burnout. This paper discusses the program's development, its theoretical underpinnings, and the positive impacts observed during its pilot phase, alongside implications for future practice and research in GME environments.



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Cory Gerwe, Eastern Virginia Medical School, United States
Tom Seguin, Old Dominion University, United States

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: Mental Health

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To cite this article:
Gerwe C., & Seguin T. (2024) Strengthening Resilience Against Vicarious Trauma: A Counselor-Developed Training Program for Physician Residents ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2024.35
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2024.35


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