Self-Care for the Mental Health Practitioner

The Theory, Research, and Practice of Preventing and Addressing the Occupational Hazards of the Profession

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.
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Press reviews for: Self-Care for the Mental Health Practitioner

David P. Sarnoff, Ph.D., ABPP licensed psychologist in private practice in Charleston, SC, Adjunct Full Professor of Counseling at Webster University, and full time Psychology core faculty at Capella University, US

This is a wonderful supplementary text for ethics, practicum, and internship courses in mental health fields. It discusses many of the problems our professions face and some good potential solutions. As a practicing Counseling Psychologist for over 30 years, I have learned many of these lessons through the school of hard knocks. I wish I had had a book like this when I was in school. As a professor teaching counseling and psychology courses over the last 30 years, I wish I had had a book like this for my students.

Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc., Counselling Psychologist

A thoughtful and scholarly blend of theory and practice that will prove invaluable to both mental health practitioners and trainees. It explores therapists' vulnerability to the stresses and strains that are ubiquitous in counselling and psychotherapy and emphasises the need for self-care to avoid burn out and ensure psychological well-being. The book is packed with useful self-care strategies which will enable therapists to become more effective and sentient practitioners. In this it provides an invaluable guide to both practicing therapists and trainees which makes for essential reading for all practising mental health professionals and a core recommended text on all counselling and psychotherapy training programmes.

David Quarmby, Psychotherapist

Healthcare - Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

Malinowski's book provides a comprehensive resource on self-care for those working in counselling and psychotherapy. He explores the role and duties of mental health practitioners, and describes how therapists can gradually find their psychological wellbeing diminished. The book is littered with references to research which underlines this, and the author presents a number of self-care techniques and strategies which can be applied to maintain psychological, spiritual, physical and social wellbeing.

Sarah Paul

My experience of Malinowski's book was that it was a useful review of the necessity to care for ourselves as practitioners and a useful tool for newcomers to the profession.

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