53% of counselors experienced workplace violence, 44% witnessed violence directed to another colleague and 61% had knowledge of violence

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Georgia State University says that more than four out of five counselors who treat patients for substance abuse have experienced some form of patient-initiated workplace violence according to the first national study to examine the issue. The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first to measure the extent of workplace violence in substance abuse treatment centers across the United States. Bride and his co-authors analyzed a large, national sample of Substance Use Disorder counselors from the National Institutes of Health-funded National Treatment Center Studies. Bride and his co-authors found that more than half of the counselors personally experienced workplace violence (53 percent), while 44 percent witnessed violence directed at another colleague and 61 percent had knowledge of such violence. Counselors reported that exposure to workplace violence led to an increased concern for personal safety (29 percent), affected their treatment of patients (15 percent) and impaired job performance…

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