Dr Justine Campbell
Bio and Qualifications:
I have previously worked as a psychologist in Queensland Corrective Services, which precipitated my interest and focus on improving the health and wellbeing of trauma and crisis counsellors, and emergency services employees exposed to stories of client and patient trauma and violence. This includes recognition of Vicarious Trauma symptoms in themselves and other colleagues; improving self-care techniques to help prevent or minimise the impact of Vicarious Trauma; strategies for recovery, and the opportunity for positive growth after experiencing Vicarious Trauma. I also have four years’ experience in private practice which provides an advantage for teaching counselling skills to new students by using real life experience and examples.
My research areas include the impact of length of tenure and offender case load on prison staff; and exploring the unique factors that contribute to Vicarious Trauma in counsellors and other staff working with offenders. My recent research has revealed that length of tenure, which often acts as a protective factor against Vicarious Trauma, has an inverse effect on staff within corrective services agencies working with prisoners.