Author of several acclaimed books and expert in the field of secondary stress, psychologist Robert Wicks addresses the experience of the mental health professional and raises awareness of the insidious, almost silent psychological defenses of denial and avoidance in the life of the clinician. A concise guide to preventing and limiting acute and chronic secondary stress, The Resilient Clinician offers an overview of mindfulness and meditation as it applies to the clinician's own life rather than that of the client or patient, and describes how to develop a personally designed self-care protocol. This immensely readable book also includes one of the most current selective bibliographies of relevant research and clinical and theoretical publications in the subject area, from common stressors and vicarious post-traumatic stress disorders to burnout and compassion fatigue. Informed by positive psychology and infused with compassion and wisdom, this book will help clinicians remain challenged, maintain perspective, and be inspired both professionally and personally.
Robert J. Wicks is a Professor at Loyola College and has published several acclaimed books for professionals and the public. Dr. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology is from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Prior to teaching in a CACREP-approved counseling program at Loyola College in Maryland, he taught at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Introduction: Continually Creating New Inner Psychological Space: An Ongoing Process of Mindfulness ; 1. Sensing the Dangers: Chronic and Acute Secondary Stress ; 2. Enhancing Resiliency: Strengthening One's Own Self-Care Protocol ; 3. Replenishing the Self: Solitude, Silence and Mindfulness ; 4. Daily Debriefing: Mindfulness and Positive Psychology as an Inegral Part of the Clinician's Ongoing Reflective Process ; Epilogue: Clinican: An Honorable Profession, a Meaningful Life ; Appensix A: Causes of Burnout ; Appendix B: Level 1 - Daily Burnout: A Sampling of Key Signs and Symptoms ; Appendix C: Level 1 - Daily Burnout: Steps for Dealing with Daily Burnout ; Appendix D: Level 2 - Minor Stress Becomes Distress: Some Major Signs and Symptoms ; Appendix E: The Basics of Stress Mangement ; Appendix F: Clinicans' Secondary Stress Self-Awareness Questionnaire ; Appendix G: Individual Question Reflection Guide ; Works Cited ; Selected Bibliography ; Permissions