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Charles, M. (2015). Caring for the Caregivers: Building Resilience. Psychoanal. Inq., 35(7):682-695.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(7):682-695

Caring for the Caregivers: Building Resilience

Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

Working with individuals who have experienced severe trauma can be traumatizing for caregivers. Recognizing the toll that such work can take can help caregivers to sustain their well-being and capacity to work. There is also evidence that such work can actually have positive effects, as caregivers develop greater capacities for resilience. Particularly important is a supportive work environment in which caregivers can share their experiences and receive support and recognition for the important work they are undertaking. This article advocates for a model of caring for the caregivers, giving as illustration a consultation with a group in Sydney, Australia, that was providing an art therapy intervention for Aboriginal preschool children living in stressful conditions.

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