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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Therapist's Perceptions of Self-Care

This project, titled Therapistís Perceptions of Self-Care, is an investigation into therapistsí perceptions of self-care, namely, what they do to care for themselves physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. Another main objective of this research is to gain insight into how self-care, or the lack thereof, affects professional wellness. Assessing how the therapistís professional quality of life has been affected, both positively and negatively based on the emotionally demanding nature of the profession will be explored. The hypothesis is that self awareness leads to more effective self-care, thus resulting in a better professional quality of life. Mindfulness as a state of self-awareness, has been connected with overall well-being (Brown & Ryan, 2003). A better quality of life is possible when a therapist is willing to implement the necessary changes in his/her life to address any areas of risk or vulnerability where burn-out could potentially take over and negatively impact the therapistís overall wellness (Richards, Campenni & Muse-Burke, 2010). This research was conducted in a Mental Health Agency in Rochester, New York. Results of this research will be presented.

Presenter: Stephanie Catlin-Rakoski (State University of New York College at Brockport) -- scat1028@brockport.edu
Topic: Counseling Education - Panel
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)