Shared trauma: Group Reflections on the September 11th Disaster

Carol Tosone, Martha Lee, Lisa Bialkin, Alexandra Martinez, Marisa Campbell, Maria Mercedes Martinez, Mychelle Charters, Jennifer Milich, Kathy Gieri, Adrienne Riofrio, Stacey Gross, Laura Rosenblatt, Christine Grounds, Karen Johnson, Maria Scali, Denise Kitson, Miriam Spiro, Shane Lanzo, Aimee Stefan

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This article describes the unique collective reflections of M.S.W. students enrolled in the senior author's “Clinical Practice with Groups” course when the September 11th tragedy occurred. The instructor and many of the students, due to the proximity of the school to the disaster site, were first-hand witnesses to the event. The article addresses the student clinicians' initial reactions to the tragedy, as well as their later realizations that their personal and professional lives would be permanently altered by the experience. The unusual opportunity for growth and the implications for clinical practice are also considered in the context of professional literature on the topic of secondary trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
JournalPsychoanalytic Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 22 2003


  • Disaster
  • Mass trauma
  • Secondary trauma
  • September 11th
  • Shared trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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