Challenges to Therapist Self-Care with In-Home Work

Module Sections:

Personal Values & Balanced Lifestyle

Adhering to Personal Values

  • When professional psychologists were asked what was paramount to their well-functioning, "personal values" was among their top 29 answers. "(They) equated 'personal values' with those things or principles important to (them) that guide (their) behavior" (Coster & Schwebel, 1997). There are times in clinical work when we may feel our personal values are being challenged/assaulted by the information the client is providing or even the expectations from working in a managed care setting.
  • Reflection: When your personal values are challenged professionally, how do you maintain your professional relationship? How does your awareness of your personal values help you to respect the clients' personal values while working in their home?

Maintaining a Balanced Lifestyle

Tippany et al. (2004) asserted that maintaining a balance between one's personal and professional life is essential in maintaining one's self-schema. Minimizing the negative impact of exposure to the traumatic stories of others, also referred to as vicarious traumatization, arises from being exposed to the continual work with clients' descriptions of personal traumas, problems, or issues.

  • Reflection: What are some indicators within your experiences that signal when your lifestyle is getting "out of balance"? How does the reduced balance impact your clinical work?

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