Department

Counseling and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Date of Award

4-2017

Degree Level

Ph.D.

LCSH subject

Psychotherapist and patient

ISBN

9780355415162

Proquest Document ID

1987565908

Identifier

ETD2017Pettit

School/University

St. Mary's University

Size or duration

xiv, 157 pages

Document Type

Dissertation

First Advisor

Wooten, H. Ray

Second Advisor

Comstock-Benzick, Dana

Third Advisor

Parsons, Jacqueline

Abstract

Grief and loss are a part of the substance abuse counselor experience. The purpose of this study was to generate a heuristic inquiry on how substance abuse counselors experience and manage disenfranchised grief in their work with the substance abuse population. A review of the literature indicated health care professionals experience disenfranchised grief. The experiences of disenfranchised grief was noted in relation to substance abuse counselors, who experience ongoing, client-related losses in the workplace. The researcher interviewed 10 Substance Abuse Counselors and asked the research questions, "How do you experience loss in your work as a substance abuse counselor?" and "How do you find and receive support for these losses?". Their responses generated loss-related themes and sub themes, including disenfranchised grief. The resultant themes generated recommendations for substance abuse counselors, and recommendations for ongoing research on this understudied population.

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