Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Second Advisor

Kathleen Weigel

Third Advisor

Kelly Burlison


This narrative design investigates the phenomenon of vicarious trauma in a teacher’s system. Vicarious trauma is a silent phenomenon that can occur through the secondary witnessing of the traumatic experiences of others. This narrative design will describe how and what teachers experience through chronic and cumulative exposure to the adverse childhood experiences of their students. This research will narrate the lived experience of a teacher with vicarious trauma and the impact of vicarious trauma on a teacher’s belief system.



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