Kantha Pillay is a clinical psychologist currently conducting doctoral research through Wits University under the supervision of Prof Gill Eagle.
The research involves an investigation into self-care strategies for trauma counsellors. Studies show that that working with trauma survivors can have strong effects on therapists and yet many therapists have little support in doing this kind of work.
She is inviting psychologists and trauma counsellors registered with the HPCSA to apply for participation in this study. The study will investigate two types of self-care intervention programmes designed to ameliorate some of the impact of working with trauma. There are two components to the programme, applied and theoretical. She will present a 7 week Mindfulness Training programme intervention (an adaptation of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme of Jon Kabat-Zinn) and a 3 week psychoeducational intervention. Both programmes will be offered free of charge at Wits university Psychology Department at various dates in 2016 beginning in early February.
If you are interested in applying to join the training programme, please respond as soon as possible. You may also invite colleagues to participate. Only a limited number of applicants will be able to join the training programme for logistical reasons. Please include the following details in your application: Full names, HPCSA registration number, the number of trauma related clients you work with on a weekly basis and the number of years that you have worked as a trauma counsellor. I will then send you further details and information. Participation in this study would be entirely voluntary and based on principles of informed consent and confidentiality.