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Silencing Response

Silencing Response Scale

by: Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., Traumatology Institute www.psychinc.com 
 

INSTRUCTIONS: This scale was developed to assist helping professionals identify specific communication struggles in their work. Choose the number that best reflects your experience using the following rating system, where 1 signifies rarely or never and 10 means very often. Answer all items to the best of your ability.

1=Rarely/Never --------2----------3--------4---------5--------6--------7--------8--------9------ 10=Always Sometimes

(1) Are there times when you believe a person you are helping is repeating emotional issues you feel were already addressed?

(2) Do you get angry with those you help?

(3) Are there times when you react with sarcasm toward those you help?

(4) Are there times when you fake interest?

(5) Do you feel that listening to certain experiences of your client(s) will not help them?

(6) Do you feel that talking about the trauma will be harmful to those you help?

(7) Do you feel that listening to the experiences of people you help will hurt you?

(8) Are there times that you blame the people you help for the bad things that have happened to them?

(9) Are there times when you are unable to believe what people tell you (while in your work role) because what they are describing seems overly traumatic?

(10) Are there times when you feel numb, avoidant or apathetic before meeting with certain individuals in your helping role?

(11) Do you consistently support certain people to avoid speaking about traumatic memories despite ample time to address their concerns?

(12) Are there times when relating to those you help does not seem to be going well or that their treatment progress seems to be blocked?

(13) Do you become angry, upset or irritated when someone you are trying to help becomes angry with you?

(14) Are there times when you cannot remember what a person you are helping has just said?

(15) Are there times when you cannot focus on what a person you are helping is saying?

TOTAL = ________

Scoring

To score total all response scores to arrive at the sum of scores.

High risk = 95 -150; Moderate risk = 41-94; Some risk = 21-40; Minimal risk = 0-20

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