The Challenge of Professional Care-Giving
Having worked in an inpatient psychiatric setting and a hospital-based cancer center, in addition to disaster mental health deployments and private practice for thirty-two years, I have discovered that maintaining self-care, both professionally and personally, is more difficult to achieve than one expects. The reason is that our professional functioning is vital to our personal well-being and our personal well-being is essential to maintain professional effectiveness. Having had to learn to recognize & overcome both compassion fatigue and burnout, with professional help to do so, I can deeply appreciate having someone to assist in that process. I also believe an "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." I am pleased to work with other professionals to develop and maintain a self-care process that maximizes professional functioning, facilitates personal well-being and supports prolonged effectiveness."