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Terapia psicológica

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GUERRA VIO, Cristóbal; VIVANCO, Andrea Fuenzalida  y  HERNANDEZ MORALES, Carla. Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment on the Increase of Self-Care Behaviors and Decrease of Secondary Traumatic Stress on Clinical Psychologists. Ter Psicol [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.1, pp. 73-81. ISSN 0718-4808.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082009000100007.

In the present investigation, we evaluate the effectiveness of a group therapy program for self-care with cognitive-behavioral orientation, designed to be used on clinical psychologists with high levels of secondary traumatic stress. The object of this group therapy program is to increase the frequency of emissions of self-care behaviors and decrease the levels of secondary traumatic stress in psychologists. By a quasi-experimental design, we evaluate the group therapy program effects. The results indicate that, after 5 sessions that lasts the group therapy program, the psychologists that participated in it (n = 9) increased significantly their self-care behaviors and decreased significantly their secondary traumatic stress levels. Instead, the psychologists that did not participate in the group therapy program (n = 12) did not show variation on self-care frequency and they increased secondary traumatic stress. These results are conclusive that the group therapy program is effective and it represents an alternative to prevent and treat work related burnout in clinical psychologists.

Palabras clave : Group therapy program of self-care; self-care behaviors; secondary traumatic stress; clinical psychologists.

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