Self-care is an ethical mandate and not a luxury. If counselors are not practicing self-care, they will be unable to provide competent services. Counselors are generally committed to helping their clients improve their quality of life, yet they too often neglect taking care of themselves. Counselors of today have many challenges that require them to engage in self-care from a holistic perspective. Presenters also aim to inspire and motivate counselors at all stages of their career to recognize the crucial role of self-care in their personal and professional lives. The voices and perspectives of over 40 contributors to the book will be featured throughout the institute. The counselor’s personal life is linked to his or her professional life, and in this learning institute, there are illustrations of how the personal and professional dimensions are interactive.
The emphasis in this LI will be on designing a personal action plan for all participants that will facilitate putting intentions of lifestyle changes into practical action, both personally and professionally.
The goal of this LI is to share and discuss a practical guide for encouraging counselors to reflect on how well they are taking care of themselves in all aspects of living.
The main objective of this LI is to offer a diversity of perspectives on self-care aimed at encouraging counselors to evaluate their present level of self-care and make choices about specific changes they want to make in attending to all aspects of wellness in their personal life.
Attendees will understand the link between self-care and competence.
Attendees will identify ways of managing stress.
Attendees will learn healthy lifestyle patterns and the importance of making positive changes in daily life, and as well, develop a personalized action plan for improving self-care habits.
Attendees will learn practical self-care strategies for all stages of their career.
Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling,
California State University, Fullerton