Professional and Organisational Strategies to Promote Self Care
Supervision - regular and meaningful
Boundaries - Includes limit setting (e.g. number of trauma clients)
Dont take work home, limit work hours
Balance - workload, variety of tasks such as meetings, paperwork etc
Support - from management, peers, associations, unions, EAP, personal counsellors, mentors, preceptors.
Programmes - that promote wellness; self-awareness and self-care e.g Myers-Briggs, Enneagram workshops
Education - stimulating new ideas; educate re burnout, vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue through workshops. Upskilling active listening skills, motivational interviewing
Comfortable work settings sets the scene for client and counsellor
Debriefing (formal and informal) on difficult situations/critical incidents
Supportive policies which recognize the high risk nature of counselling
Acknowledgement of interconnectedness of personal and work related stresses Humour gets the endorphins going, raise your serotonin levels
Positive community activities widen your horizons, channel outrage into social and political change
"Practice what your preach" warmth, congruence, unconditional prositive regard, empathy, active listening, 'I' statements.