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(p. 576) Sustaining Self-Care and Thriving as a Private Practitioner 

(p. 576) Sustaining Self-Care and Thriving as a Private Practitioner
(p. 576) Sustaining Self-Care and Thriving as a Private Practitioner

Patricia A. Rupert

and Ellen K. Baker

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date: 25 January 2020

The importance of self-care for the well-being and professional functioning of mental health service providers has been increasingly recognized. Emphasizing a proactive, prevention-oriented approach, this chapter offers practical ideas and guidance on self-care for mental health professionals in private practice. The demands and rewards of private practice, as well as the challenges of making and sustaining a commitment to self-care, are discussed. An approach to developing a self-care plan is presented. This approach uses an organizing framework that views self-awareness, work-life balance, and connections as critical goals of self-care. Each of these areas is discussed in detail, with examples of ways to integrate self-care into daily life and questions to consider in assessing individual self-care needs, identifying resources, and planning for self-care. The importance of viewing self-care as a process and paying attention to evolving self-care needs and opportunities is emphasized.

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