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CPSY 275 Self-Care Presentation

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Transcript of CPSY 275 Self-Care Presentation

Mindfulness as Therapist Self-Care
Deborah Henessee
Jordan Hollinger
Catherine Huyen
Brad Milliken
Rigo Rosas
Physical Self-Care
Therapy For Therapists
Maintaining Boundaries for Self-Care
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
CPSY 275 Legal and Ethical
Issues in Counseling

Therapist Self-Care
Going to the gym
Physical Self-Care
Adequate Sleep
Healthy Eating Habits
Physical Self-Care
Attitudinal Qualities
of Mindfulness
Letting go of a goal-oriented stance


Giving up resistance

Shinzen Young formula: S = P x R
Suffering = Pain x Resistance
(Shapiro & Carlson, 2009)

Feeling caring to the self
Alleviating self-suffering
Self-Compassion as Self-Care
Crucial for mindfulness

Gives us permission to be “perfectly human”

Become self-aware when we are stressed, hungry, exhausted, lonely

Treat ourselves with kindness
Loving-kindness meditation
- Explore motivation for becoming therapist.
- Experiential Learning for Clinical Psychology students
- Promotes self-awareness and self-confidence
- Counter-Transference

- Self-care is part of being an ethical clinician

- A way of being that may be applied to all moments of one’s life

- Reminds us to be attuned to “the moments of insight, transformation, and growth that occur in therapy”
(Shapiro & Carlson, 2009, p. 111)

- Better therapeutic environment for self and client
Therapist-Client Boundaries
- Boundary Transgressions:
Boundary Crossing
Boundary Violation
A boundary crossing could pave
the way for a boundary violation.
(Slippery Slope)
- Dual Relationships Between
between therapist and client.
Therapist Emotional Involvement
(Detached concern)
Distant (burned out)
- Consequences at both ends of the spectrum and how it looks.
- Strive for a balanced involvement.
Boundaries for Self-Care
- Sexual/Physical Attraction
- Physical Contact (touch) & Cultural Considerations
- Self-Disclosure
- Sexual Contact
- Accepting Gifts
- Avoid Value Imposition
What other boundaries should one keep in mind for ethical practice and self-care?
Importance of Mindfulness
- Essential to self-care of clinicians

- Negative aspects of stress on helping
• depression
• emotional exhaustion
• anxiety
• decreased job satisfaction
• reduced self-esteem
• disrupted personal relationships
• loneliness

- May lead to occupational burnout

- Self-care as "a human requisite, a clinical necessity, and an ethical imperative" (Norcross & Guy, 2007, p. 14)
What can go wrong without self-care?
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