The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals, Second Edition

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Therapists and other helping professionals, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, social workers, and clergy, work in highly demanding fields and can suffer from burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary stress. This happens when they give more attention to their clients’ well being than their own.

Both students and practitioners in these fields will find this book an essential guide to striking an optimal balance between self-care and other-care. The authors describe the joys and hazards of the work, the long road from novice to senior practitioner, the essence of burnout, ways to maintain the professional and personal self, methods experts use to maintain vitality, and a self-care action plan.

Vivid real-life examples and self-reflection questions will engage and motivate readers to think about their own work and ways to enhance their own resilience. Eloquently written and supported by extensive research, helping professionals will find this a valuable resource both when a novice and when an experienced practitioner.

"The authors explicitly state the case for help-giving as an extremely complex, dialectical, and demanding occupation. I have no doubt that students, novices, and professionals in the helping occupations will find this to be a major contribution to their professionalism and well-being." - Moshe Israelashvili, PhD, Tel Aviv University, Israel

"I welcome this book, as a psychotherapist, with my whole heart. The authors have left no stone unturned in identifying the pitfalls which can lead to burnout in practitioners in the business of "other care." - Ursula Somerville, MEAP, MIAHIP, European Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor based in Ireland

"Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison have offered well written observations of profound truth, informed largely by the superlative body of research on counselor development by Skovholt and colleagues. A stimulating and validating read for practitioners across the professional lifespan." - Camille DeBell, PhD, Associate Professor of Counseling, Regis University

"The second edition of the Resilient Practitioner is packed with insight and practical tools for mental health professionals. This is a great book for teaching and training, and for periodic self-assessment for the mature professional." - Arnold Spokane, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University

Author Biography

Thomas M. Skovholt, PhD, ABPP is professor of counseling and student personnel psychology at the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed psychologist. He has many years of experience as both a practitioner and teacher. Michelle Trotter-Mathison, PhD, is a therapist at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota and teaches within the Counseling and Psychological Services Program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorsp. xix
Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventoryp. xxi
Caring for Others Versus Self-Care: The Great Human Dramap. 3
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 7
Joys, Rewards, and Gifts of Practicep. 9
Joys of Practicep. 10
Rewards of Practicep. 12
Gifts of Practicep. 14
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 15
The Cycle of Caring as the Practice Essentialp. 17
Caring as Central in Counseling, Therapy, Teaching, and Health Careersp. 17
The Cycle of Caringp. 20
The Cycle in Summaryp. 35
Self-ReflectionExercisesp. 36
The Long, Textured Path From Novice to Senior Practitionerp. 39
Themes in Professional Developmentp. 40
Phases of Practitioner Developmentp. 55
The Elevated Stressors of the Novice Practitionerp. 79
The Ambiguity of Human Interactionp. 79
Trekking With a Crude Mapp. 80
Acute Need for Positive Mentoringp. 87
Glamorized Expectationsp. 91
Intense Evaluation and Illuminated Scrutiny by Professional Gatekeepersp. 95
Porous Emotional Boundariesp. 97
Ethical and Legal Confusionp. 99
Acute Performance Anxiety and Fearp. 100
The Fragile and Incomplete Practitioner Selfp. 101
Summaryp. 103
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 103
Hazards of Practicep. 105
The Difficult Nature of the Work With Clients, Students, and Patientsp. 106
Managing Major Professional Stressorsp. 114
Hazards Summaryp. 138
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 139
Burnout: A Hemorrhaging of the Selfp. 145
Compassion Fatiguep. 146
Lack of Clarityp. 147
Work of Maslachp. 148
Seven Sources of Burnoutp. 149
Meaning and Caring Burnoutp. 152
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 154
Balancing Caring for Others and Caring for Selfp. 159
Losing One's Innocence About the Assertive Need for Self-Carep. 159
The Need for More Self-Care at Times of Personal Crisis or Excessive Stressp. 162
Codependency and Self-Carep. 164
Psychological Wellness as an Ethical Imperativep. 166
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 166
Sustaining the Professional Selfp. 169
Sustained by Meaningful Workp. 169
Maximizing the Experience of Professional Successp. 171
Avoid the Grandiosity Impulse and Relish Small I Made a Difference" Victoriesp. 175
Think Long Termp. 176
Creating and Sustaining an Active, Individually Designed Development Methodp. 176
Professional Self-Understandingp. 178
Creating a Professional Greenhouse at Workp. 181
Using Professional Venting and Expressive Writing to Release Distress Emotionsp. 184
The "Good Enough Practitioner"p. 185
Understanding the Reality of Pervasive Early Professional Anxietyp. 187
Increasing Intellectual Excitement and Decreasing Boredom by Reinventing Oneselfp. 188
Minimizing Ambiguous Professional Lossp. 190
Learning to Set Boundaries, Create Limits, and Say No to Unreasonable Helping Requestsp. 191
Summaryp. 191
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 191
Sustaining the Personal Selfp. 195
Constant Investment in a Personal Renewal Processp. 196
Awareness of the Danger of One-Way Caring Relationships in OneĘs Personal Lifep. 196
Nurturing One's Selfp. 196
Summary: Keeping in Focus One's Own Need for Balanced WellnessłPhysical, Spiritual, Emotional, and Socialp. 215
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 216
Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies of Expert Practitionersp. 219
Professional Stressorsp. 220
Emergence of the Expert Practitionerp. 225
Creating a Positive Work Structurep. 229
Protective Factorsp. 234
Nurturing Self Through Solitude and Relationshipsp. 237
Conclusionp. 241
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 242
Epiloguep. 245
magery Exercisep. 245
Self-Reflection Exercisesp. 246
Self-Care Action Planp. 249
Assess Your Own Other-Care vs. Self-Care Balancep. 249
Action Plan for Changep. 258
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 275
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This is a very informative and practical resource. It has clear indications that it will continue to be useful as I move further into my career. I have no doubt that students, novices, and professionals in the helping occupations will find this to be a major contribution to their professionalism and well-being. I highly recommend this fantastic textbook. Great transaction! The textbook was in perfect condition at a great price! I can't thank the seller enough for such an easy transaction.
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