3rd Edition

The Resilient Practitioner Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for the Helping Professions

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The Resilient Practitioner, 3rd edition, gives students and practitioners the tools they need to create their own personal balance between caring for themselves and caring for others. This new edition includes a new chapter on resiliency, an updated self-care action plan, self-reflection exercises in each chapter, and a revised resiliency inventory for practitioners. Readers will find, however, that the new edition keeps its strong focus on research and accessible writing style. The new edition also retains its focus on establishing working alliances and charting a hopeful path for practitioners, a path that allows them to work intensely with human suffering and also have a vibrant career in the process.

    About the Authors  Professions Under the Resilient Practitioner Umbrella  Preface Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory, 2014 version  Part One  1. Caring for Others Versus Self-Care: The Great Human Drama  2. Joys, Rewards, and Gifts of Practice  3.The Cycle of Caring: Core of the Helping Professions  4. The Elevated Stressors of the Novice Practitioner  5.Hazards of Practice  6.Hemorrhaging of the Caring Self: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, Ambiguous Endings and Professional Uncertainty  Part Two  7.What is Human Resilience?  8. Sustaining the Professional Self  9.Sustaining the Personal Self  10. The Eye of the Storm Model of Practitioner Resiliency  11. The Evolving Practitioner from Early Career Anxiety to Later--Usually--Competence Thomas M. Skovholt and Michael H. Rønnestad  12. Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies of Expert Practitioners Mary Mullenbach and Thomas M. Skovholt  13. Epilogue  14. Self-Care Action Plan  Acknowledgments  References  Index


    Thomas M. Skovholt, PhD, LP, ABPP, is professor at the University of Minnesota, a psychologist in part-time private practice, and author or coauthor of 13 books. He has received awards for writing, teaching and professional practice and has taught and given workshops around the world.

    Michelle Trotter-Mathison, PhD, LP, is a psychologist and the assistant director of the mental health clinic at the University of Minnesota's Boynton Health Service. She also maintains a private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is coeditor of Voices from the Field: Defining Moments in Counselor and Therapist Development.


    "The Resilient Practitioner is a text every counselor should read! It is beautifully written and contains a treasure trove of essential information on professional helpers’ self-care and care of others. The stories that illustrate the authors’ points are deep and touching. I literally had cold chills running up and down my spine as I read them. The research behind this work is both classic and contemporary. I have seldom been so moved by a book."

    Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, professor of counseling at Wake Forest University

    "In this masterful, insightful, and scholarly third edition, Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison have demonstrated again that they are leaders in the field of burnout and self-care. The have brought theory and practice together in an engaging and personal approach. Their thoughtful exercises and examples no doubt will save a number of careers from derailment."

    Jeffrey P. Prince, PhD, director of counseling and psychological services at the University of California, Berkeley

    "This book is a landmark contribution to the literature on practitioner well-being. It offers all practitioners in the helping professions an approach to finding a balance of other-care and self-care for sustained resilience and effective practice. Novice and seasoned practitioners alike will benefit immensely from this classic book."

    Dianne Salvador, psychologist, and Rachel Collings, physician, Queensland, Australia, authors of Mentoring Doctors

    "Across all stages of their careers, those in the caring professions will find that the third edition of this classic book remains a vital source of professional wisdom and personal nourishment. It helps fill in the many missing aspects of most professional training and practice. Don’t miss it!"

    Glenn E. Good, PhD, dean and professor of human development and organizational studies in education at the University of Florida

    "This book should be required reading for all in the helping professions. Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison identify struggles with which any one of us might relate. They use powerful examples and provide a structure for reflection that would be a valuable resources to all colleagues in nursing and other professions who routinely cope with the stresses of caring."

    Lori Brown, PhD, RN, assistant professor at Washington State University

    "My best read this far about the personal in the professional in relationship-intense professions. Relevant across disciplines and cultures. In a warmhearted manner, the authors offer well-founded and thought-provoking insights, benefitting both the novice and the experienced professional. An invaluable companion for any relational worker aiming for the long run!"

    Kjetil Moen, chaplain, researcher, and lecturer at Stavanger University Hospital, Norway

    "As a practitioner in private practice, I frequently turn to this book for reminders of how to persist despite the demands of psychologically taxing work. As a professor and supervisor, I frequently refer students to this book so that they can learn how to engage in self-care in a systematic, thoughtful way. The Resilient Practitioner should be required reading for students and should be on the bookshelf of all practitioners in the helping fields such as health care, education, and social work."

    Julie Koch, PhD, associate professor and training director in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Oklahoma State University

    “The authors explore this phenomenon in depth, offering compassion for the challenges faced by the professional carer (which they take to include teachers, clergy and health professionals in general, as well as counsellors and therapists) and a wealth of tips, techniques and advice to help them steer a course through professional life without succumbing to burnout.”

    -Bernadette Lynch, M.A., Trainer in Mental Health