Self-Care for Mental Health Practitioners (1 CE)
Course By: Kristin Ceppaluni, NCC, LMHC
Content By: Posluns, K., & Gall, T.L. (2020). Dear mental health practitioners take care of yourselves: a literature review on self-care. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 42, 1-20.
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
Course Description: Practitioner stress, professional impairment and occupational burnout may negatively affect clinical work. Conversely, self-care can serve as a catalyst for therapeutic well-being. Self-care was explored as a mechanism for promoting practitioner well-being in the accompanying study. Empirical evidence was considered relative to self-care domain-type: awareness, flexibility, balance, physical health, spirituality and social support. Resultant statistical analyses were interpreted; a need for practitioner self-care engagement, self-care integration in clinical programs, and self-care as a factorial consideration in quality assurance processes was evidenced.
- Consider factors that can lead to occupational fatigue and related impairment
- Review the interrelationship between professional fatigue (occupational burnout, stress, and professional impairment) and self-care
- Understand the necessity and importance of adhering to self-care regimens in consideration of the statistical findings and related clinical implications addressed in the study
- Review the study limitations and suggested areas for further review
- Read and understand Dear mental health practitioners take care of yourselves: a literature review on self-care
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Understand the relationship between occupational stressors and self-care
- Work through the post-test questions; answer selections should be derived from the accompanying article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to further understand the impact of self-care on clinical work