Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



trauma, counselor education, training

Subject Area

Counselor Education


In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the widespread prevalence of trauma experiences. Knowledge of the prevalence and effect of trauma has led to a greater need for counselors to be competent and confident in working with clients’ trauma; therefore, a needs exist for counselor educators to prepare students for trauma work. Improving competency and self-efficacy among counselors-in training may lead to better client outcomes and prevent vicarious trauma. The authors provide a brief overview of the prevalence of trauma and the importance of trauma training. Then, they discuss ways counselor educators can infuse trauma education within five counselor preparation courses: counseling theories, assessment, developmental counseling over the lifespan, family counseling, and group supervision for clinical experiences. They also discuss implications for practice and research.





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