CEP 553 Self Care in Service

This course will review the practice of self-care within the context of a service oriented vocational life. It is appropriate for anyone studying or practicing in the helping professions (e.g., therapists, counselors, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, coaches, teachers, and those in the medical field). Responding to the increasing rates of burn-out, substance abuse, and exposure-based, secondary trauma in the helping professions, this course is designed to assist the helping professional develop an active practice of self-care. The emphasis will be on the evidence-base, key mechanism of change, and specific activities that therapists and other helping professionals can use, in practice, in order to cultivate a healthy self-care routine. Empirical evidence including strengths and weakness within the evidence-base will be explored giving context to the practice. Coursework will include a combination of readings (e.g., Parker j. Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation; John C. Norcross and James D. Guy’s Leaving it at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapists Self-Care), discussion, and research review. The Mindful Self-Care Scale will be used throughout the course as an assessment tool for students as they work to understand and cultivate their own self-care. This course will integrate applied lectures, discussions, student presentations, and active practice with journaling. Students are expected to actively practice skills, participate in class discussions and complete all assignments.

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