This extraordinary new series fills a void in practitioner development and well-being. The books take a reflective step back from the tick-box, target-driven and increasingly regulated world of 21st century health practice; and invite us to revisit what health and health practice actually are. Building carefully on the science and philosophy of health, each book addresses the messy, complex and often chaotic world of real-life health practice and offers an ancient but now almost revolutionary understanding for students and experienced practitioners alike: that health practice is a fundamentally creative and compassionate activity. The series as a whole helps practitioners to redefine and recreate their daily practice in ways that are healthier for both patients and practitioners. The books provide a welcome antidote to demoralisation and burn-out amongst practitioners, reversing cynicism and reviving our feeling of pride in, and our understanding of, health practice. By observing practice life through different lenses, they encourage the development of efficiency, effectiveness and, above all, satisfaction. The first book in this series, The Integrated Practitioner: Surviving and Thriving in Health Practice, encourages practitioners to consider the importance of their personal position as the foundation of health practice. It inspires practitioners to consider themselves as their own most important tool', encouraging them to take better care of themselves, and provides numerous opportunities for reflection through case studies and activities.
Surviving and thriving in health practice. Introduction to the workbook series. Chapter 1: 'me'. Chapter 2: seeking happiness in our practice. Chapter 3: clarifying our perspective. Chapter 4: dedicating and committing. Chapter 5: practicing righteously. Chapter 6: becoming aware and mindful. Chapter 7: communicating effectively. Chapter 8: acting skillfully. Chapter 9: health practice as self practice. Bibliography. End-notes.