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ERIC Number: EJ1165683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: EISSN-2164-3989
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Self-Care through Self-Compassion: A Balm for Burnout
Coaston, Susannah C.
Professional Counselor, v7 n3 p285-297 2017
Counselors are routinely exposed to painful situations and overwhelming emotions that can, over time, result in burnout. Although counselors routinely promote self-care, many struggle to practice such wellness regularly, putting themselves at increased risk for burning out. Compassion is essential to the helper's role, as it allows counselors to develop the therapeutic relationship vital for change; however, it is often difficult to direct this compassion inward. Developing an attitude of self-compassion and mindfulness in the context of a self-care plan can create space for an authentic, kind response to the challenges inherent in counseling. This article expands beyond the aspirational aspects of self-compassion and suggests a variety of practices for the mind, body, and spirit, with the intention of supporting the development of an individualized selfcare plan for counselors.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates. 3 Terrace Way, Greensboro, NC 27403. Tel: 336-547-0607; Fax: 336-547-0017; e-mail: TCPjournal@nbcc.org; Web site: http://tpcjournal.nbcc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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