Establishing a Common Ground
What is Self-Care?
John Norcross, an avid self-care researcher and presenter, stated, "I am not certain that I have a definition of self-care, truth be told" (Personal Communication, 2006). Though a working definition of self-care may be elusive, it is often approached by integrating the following elements of a clinician's experience: physical, cognitive, emotional, relational, recreational and spiritual (Faunce, 1990; Moursund, 1993; Porter, 1995, as cited in Carroll et al.,1999). The four areas of a clinician's personal and professional self-care include, but are not limited to (Carroll et al., 1999):
Intrapersonal work—the things done to help clarify your view of yourself as an adult and/or a clinician.
Interpersonal support—receiving help and support from others, especially friends and family
Professional development and support—attending continuing education workshops and conferences, and receiving support from colleagues and supervisors
Physical and recreational activities (Leisure)—time spent engaging in hobbies and activities that refresh, rejuvenate and invigorate the mind and body