August 2020 Virtual Journal Club Session
For this session, our theme is Well-being for Victim Services Staff. We read:
‘The Only Way We’ll Be Successful’: Organizational Factors That Influence Psychosocial Well-Being and Self-Care Among Advocates Working to Address Gender-Based Violence by E. Çayir, M. Spencer, D. Billings, D.K. Hilfinger Messias, A. Robillard, & T. Cunningham. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2020. (Abstract)
- Full-text will also be sent a week before the journal club session to those who signed up.
- Let us know if you have issues accessing the article or logging into VictimResearch.org
Quick Tips on Reading Research Articles
- The CVR glossary can be a good starting place for definitions of research words frequently used in victim research.
- Review additional tips in our Quick Reference: Tips on Reading Research Articles.
We hosted a Twitter chat with one of the article authors, Dr. Ebru Çayir, on Wednesday August 5, 2-3pm EST. Dr. Çayir is a postdoctoral research associate with the Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) at the University of Virginia, School of Nursing. Her research focuses on promoting mental health, well-being and resilience among caregiving professionals by adopting collective, diverse and inclusive approaches. More details on the CCI website. Review tips for participation and questions we posted: August Twitter Chat Guide & Questions Preview.
Below are discussion prompts for journal club members to think about and comment on. There are multiple ways to participate in discussion during August 3-7, 2020:
- Login to VictimResearch.org and return to this post to add your comments below. (Detailed instructions: How to Comment)
- Reply to our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn #JournalClub posts about these questions.
- What are common misconceptions you’ve heard when defining self-care? Did reading the article shift your perspective about psychosocial well-being & self-care in the workplace?
- This study used Constructivist Grounded Theory. The researchers did not start with a preconceived hypothesis, but allowed themes to emerge based on participants’ views, and acknowledged multiple possible interpretations of the data. What do you think about this approach for capturing advocates’ viewpoints? What about this method did or did not work well?
- The authors note “Due to the sensitive nature of the issues we examined…it is possible that advocates who felt comfortable about commenting on these issues self-selected into the study.” What might be some additional ways to capture the perspectives of more advocates in research?
- One study participant discussed concerns about hiring staff based more on their degrees than on their “fit” in nonprofit environments that value employees’ well-being. What are benefits and challenges in the “professionalization” of victim services and in applying a business model to a human services organization?
- The researchers discussed how “close-knit” organizational culture may provide advocates with social support systems; however, such structures can also risk violating personal boundaries. What efforts can victim services organizations make to build teamwork, while protecting staff members’ personal boundaries?
- The study participants emphasized the need for open door policies, avenues for confidential feedback, and staff involvement in decision-making. How can organizations improve their responses to difficult feedback?
- The researchers stress the critical need of organizations to support psychosocial well-being and self-care. What are your thoughts on study participants’ suggestions for institutional changes (flexible work schedules/locations, more vacation time, access to mental health services, collective efforts to improve health, debriefing sessions, and retreats) to support staff well-being? What challenges could prevent these changes from being implemented?
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