self care

The Helper's Charge to Recharge: Doing and Becoming Our Best

Posted by Jennifer Sloan on February 20, 2019 in resilience, self care category

Recently a teenage client asked me a question that threw me, unexpectedly. (Over the years, I’ve amassed a considerable anthology of examples on what makes them famous for this gift, so it’s not an easy thing to do these days!)

I attended an engaging group session on characteristics of community and racial trauma, after which the group’s therapist allotted time for a “Q and A” between her adolescent clients and me, their guest. One member asked me, “How do you deal with trauma?” 

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Understanding Trauma Stewardship Part 2

Posted by Cherie Spehar on February 6, 2017 in self care category

Understanding Trauma Stewardship Blog Part 1

Welcome back to Part 2 of Trauma Stewardship.  I hope that you have had some time to reflect upon, if not write about, the journaling prompts and that you have found some insights about how and why you chose this healing work.

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Understanding Trauma Stewardship Part 1

Posted by Cheri Spehar on November 29, 2016 in self care category

As healing practitioners, most of us know quite a bit about self-care and self-support to prevent or manage compassion fatigue, burnout, and the loss of passion for our work. However, our overwhelming schedules, administrative responsibilities, and the general sense of feeling tired and ill-equipped to support further healing may make it feel as if we fall flat or don’t do enough.

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Self-Care & Creativity in the Trauma-Informed Workplace

Self-care in relationship to trauma work is an essential practice for professionals in this helping field. Without attention and connection to our own self-care, the demanding toll of aiding and supporting others in pain and distress can often leave us vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. In relationship to this necessity for provider self-care, this post will focus on considerations about one’s workplace environment and the role creativity can have as a trauma-informed practice.

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How to Teach Self-Compassion to Children

Posted on January 6, 2012 in adolescents category

by Miki Tesh, LSCW

Imagine this ….

You feel terrible about something. You might be overly critical of yourself, maybe even more critical than you would of a friend or a stranger.  You feel like if you are self-critical, it will keep you “inline” and make things better.         

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