Dr. Alfred J. Malinowski's book provides a comprehensive resource on self-care for those working in the field of psychotherapy.
Beginning with an exploration of the role and duties of the mental health practitioner, Dr. Malinowski describes how the demands of practice can lead therapists to diminished psychological well-being. He explores the impact this can have and, through an examination of the latest research, reiterates the importance of the self-care of the practitioner. He presents a number of self-care techniques and strategies and explains how they can be applied to maintain psychological, spiritual, physical and social well-being. A final section explores the need for additional training for psychotherapists in the area of the hazards and self-care, both in graduate courses for future clinicians and to help experienced therapists continue learning and practicing self-care principles in their daily lives.
Highlighting the importance of self-care in the psychotherapy profession, this book will be of immeasurable value to psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals.
Alfred J. Malinowski, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist who diagnoses and treats individuals who suffer from mental disorders. His specialty is in treating children and adolescents. He earned a PhD in Psychology from Capella University located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Global University in Springfield, Missouri. Recently, he has earned his certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) by the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He works as a consultant at a Mental Health Outpatient Clinic located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (USA).
Preface. Part I. Introduction to a Demanding Field. 1. Why Self-Care. 2. The Therapist's Profession. 3. The Therapist's Duties and Roles. Part II. Hazards of the Profession. 4. General Stressors Associated with the Profession. 5. Job Burnout. 6. Secondary Traumatization Stress Syndrome. Part III. Self-Care Dimensions. 7. The Psychological Dimension. 8. The Spiritual Dimension. 9. The Physical Dimension. 10. The Social Dimension. Part IV. What's Next? 11. Awareness through Education. References. Index.