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(p. 138) Occupational Hazards and How to Manage Them 

(p. 138) Occupational Hazards and How to Manage Them
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(p. 138) Occupational Hazards and How to Manage Them
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Ann F. Garland

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197544716.003.0011
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date: 02 July 2022

A career in mental healthcare can be exceptionally rewarding, but like any career, there are also numerous stressors and challenges. This chapter addresses the sources of stress for therapists, including those related to clients, work environment, personal life events or internal personal stress, as well as the stress associated with an inability to help all clients. Indicators of career burnout are reviewed, as well as strategies to minimize the risks. Important concepts related to burnout, such as vicarious or secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, are discussed. The importance of practicing self-compassion is highlighted, with recommendations about identifying unique strategies. Likewise, readers are urged to participate in their own therapy to gain self-awareness and experience the role of the client. The chapter concludes by describing more inspiring experiences of vicarious resilience and compassion satisfaction as a counterbalance to the occupational hazards.

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