Challenges to Therapist Self-Care with In-Home Work

Module Sections:

Self-Assessment & Pro-QOL

Self-Assessment Questionnaires (Barnett, Johnson, & Hillard, 2005)

This is another brief screening tool [link to PDF] that can enable you to examine possible signs and symptoms of distress, burnout and impairment. Additional questions help the clinician to identify positive and negative coping behaviors he or she is using to address those issues.

Professional Quality of Life (Pro-QOL) [link to PDF] (Stamm, 2002)

This is a more extensive therapist self-assessment measuring the following domains of experience:

  • Compassion satisfaction – questions in this domain measure your level of satisfaction and fulfillment associated with providing assistance and support to others.
  • Burnout– questions in this domain measure the degree of work-related burnout.
  • Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma – questions in this domain measure the degree to which your exposure and work with those reporting their traumatic stories has had a traumatic effect upon you.

Reexamine the assessment results and determine levels of stress and the types of self-care you use.

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Where are you located along the following continuum?

The purpose of this module is to assist you in moving further to the left along the continuum. The role of self-care is designed to manage levels of stress along the continuum. Notice that by increasing utilization of preventative self-care measures you will move to the left toward the experience of managed stress. Sustainable, preventative measures suggest that self-care goals, strategies, and techniques are focused on the development and implementation of a program of self-care. A program of self-care differs from a self-care activity in that a program suggests engagement in ongoing, intentional, planned, and prioritized efforts that are integrated throughout your daily schedule. When a clinician makes decisions, self-care considerations are integrated throughout the initial considerations and schedule adaptations. If something comes up conflicting with the plan, self-care takes priority rather than being dropped from the schedule.

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