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Therapist Self-care: An Ethical Imperative
Course # - CPSY x600
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6
· Understand the nature and causes of stress, burnout, impairment and vicarious traumatization
· Recognize early warning signs
· Evaluate one's current situation
· Learn how to balance work and one's personal life
· Create a personal self-care plan
· Develop an ongoing support network
· Learn how to have fun!
Helping professionals regularly engage in work that can be demanding, challenging, and emotionally taxing. Sustaining the personal self to be deeply present to clients is an ongoing challenge. To work in a competent and ethical manner, clinicians need to acquire and regularly practice self-care and wellness strategies. A personal self-care program is necessary to prevent distress, burnout, and impairment, and to maintain a level of psychological and physical well-being. Self-care is not an indulgence; it is a foundational ethical issue for psychotherapists.
This workshop will use brief lectures, experiential exercises, meditation and other strategies to help students.
Donald D. St. Louis, MFT, D.MIN., is a licensed therapist in private practice in San Francisco and Santa Clara. He teaches in the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology and the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University.