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Research Interpersonal Trauma, Counseling, & Power (Paid Interview)

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Laura Caputo

Hello everyone! My name is Laura Dunson Caputo, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at Kent State University.

I am writing to invite you to participate in a voluntary research study about how women who have histories of interpersonal trauma experience power in the counseling relationship. This study's purpose is to hear client experiences around power, with the hope of improving how mental health counselors support clients with histories of trauma.

Eligible participants:
  • Are adult (18+) women (cisgender or transgender)
  • Are currently meeting with a counselor for individual outpatient mental health counseling or have met with a counselor in the past year for two or more sessions.
  • Receive or received counseling within the United States
  • Have past experience (prior to counseling) with interpersonal trauma (We define interpersonal trauma as previous experience with harm from another person, including but not limited to: emotional abuse or neglect, physical abuse or neglect, sexual abuse, or discrimination.)
  • Are proficient with English language to participate in interview (read, speak, & write in English)
  • Are comfortable participating in an audio-recorded interview
Participants will receive a $25 gift card to their choice of Amazon, Target, or Walmart once they have completed the interview.

This study is fully voluntary. Participation includes discussing your experience with power during the counseling process. You will not be asked to disclose or share about your experience with trauma. This study is IRB-approved (KSU-#323) dissertation research.

Participation in the study includes reviewing the Informed Consent, completing a demographics survey, and meeting with a researcher for a 30-60 minute interview. The total time commitment is 60-90 minutes.

If you’re interested, you can complete our screening questionnaire here to begin the process (https://kent.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ddu5QkJn6Wn4sYu)

If you would like additional information about this study, please contact me at [email protected]. You can also reach the Kent State University IRB at: 330-672-2704

Thank you for your consideration!

Laura Dunson Caputo, Kent State University
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