Implementation of a Social Justice Focused Structured Peer Group Supervision for Private Practice Trauma Therapists
Abstract Background: This research study utilized implementation science to identify, plan for, and evaluate an intervention addressing the lack of social justice topics and principles being integrated into clinical trauma therapy. This project focuses on a network of private practice therapists providing trauma therapy to adults participating in a Structured Peer-Group Supervision cohort with a focus on social justice. Methods: Six therapists were recruited using a digital collaboration network and participated in an informational session, an orientation session, six case consultation sessions, and a focus group. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected in the form of an online tracking tool, a post-only survey, a pre-post survey, and focus groups. The measures were designed to answer eight research questions regarding the effectiveness of the implementation strategies utilized and the effectiveness of the SPGS intervention. Evaluation was analyzed using descriptive statistics, a one sample t-test, non-paired two sample t-tests, and thematic analysis. Results: The implementation evaluation results suggest that using a digital PCN does build a network to recruit members for SPGS from is effective, and digital educational marketing materials and informational meetings/interviews increase knowledge of the process and benefits of SPGS. The intervention results imply participation in SPGS increases the amount or number of social justice topics being integrated into therapy sessions and increases the confidence level of therapists integrating social justice. Conclusion: Results show promising evidence for using SPGS as an intervention for assisting trauma therapists in private practice with integrating social justice topics and principles into their therapy sessions. SPGS is a versatile and flexible intervention that could potentially be used for alternative themed or focused topics to be infused into the practice lens.
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