The level and intensity of stressful events that mental health professionals deal with appears to have increased dramatically in recent years. School shootings, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina have had a significant impact not only on the victims and their families, but also on the mental health professionals who serve these populations. Many mental health practitioners present symptoms that are consistent with their client's anxiety and stress-related disorders.It comes as no surprise then that ""secondary traumatic stress"" - the stress that comes from treating survivors of traumatic events - is now officially recognized by the American Counseling Associations' Task Force on Counselor Wellness. How to keep counselors from being overwhelmed by the trauma that they are supposed to treat is becoming a core topic of professional training. Dr. Stebnicki's book draws on five years of original research to provide a repertory of self-care strategies designed to increase personal resiliency and decrease counselor burnout and fatigue.
Dr. Mark Stebnicki, PhD, is Professor and Director of the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. He holds a doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Dr. Stebnicki has national certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Case Manager and is certified by the Washington, DC--based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance. He has over 18 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health issues and acquired chronic health conditions. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner who has written over 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written two books, and presented nationally at well over 50 seminars, workshops, and conferences. Dr. Stebnicki served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence and natural disasters. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation Program, has been awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton's staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (1999).