Positive and Negative Impacts of Empathetic Engagement on Mental Health Workers
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This paper reviews empathetic engagement and its effect on mental health workers, in particular trauma therapists. This review is based on nine published scholarly research articles (six qualitative and three quantitative studies) and the broader literature. The nine articles utilized focus on the positive and negative effects of the empathetic engagement on trauma workers. These nine articles were analysed based on their methodological approach and how this approach differs in the information provided. The analysis focuses primarily on qualitative studies as this type of methodology provided a more in-depth look at the effects on trauma therapists. The analysis in this paper includes the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and provides ethical implications on the research conducted. This paper provides applications to practices, which includes topics on training, supervision, and self-care.