Challenges to Therapist Self-Care with In-Home Work

Module Sections:

Using Strategies and Techniques

Awareness, Knowledge, Skills

The following strategies and techniques provide examples of ways you can improve your personal self-care program and, therefore, improve your clinical effectiveness:

Improving awareness

  • Awareness
  • Establish a baseline measuring your personal quality of life using ProQOL to determine levels of…
    • Compassion satisfaction
    • Burnout
    • Compassion fatigue/secondary trauma
  • Share the ProQOL with colleagues and share your results with each other

Building knowledge

  • Read articles and books that address ways to further your own self-care
  • Discuss themes from your readings with your colleagues while sharing self-care strategies that have worked

Developing skills

  • Take regularly scheduled breaks
  • Take regular vacations without work responsibilities
  • Nurture friendships
  • Engage in hobbies and other personal interests
  • Limit work hours and caseload
  • Participate in peer support and supervision
  • Engage in personal therapy as needed
  • Journaling
  • Attend to religious or spiritual needs
  • Participate in relaxing activities such as reading, prayer, meditation, listening to music

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