Help for the helper book

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Help for the Helper

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious and secondary traumas—these are the ailments that come with the territory of professional caregiving. In Help for the Helper , Babette Rothschild, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, confronts the cost of caregiving and presents possible remedies. Through her years in practice and in leading professional trainings, Rothschild has developed a series of very straightforward exercises to help therapists and case workers reduce the toll their profession take on them—and in so doing, she offers them a way to rejuvenate their careers. Help for the Helper is aimed at working professionals, particularly therapists and social workers, and at times it can go into too much technical detail for the lay reader. Yet this concise, well-organized book is full of useful ideas and practices for almost anyone who is struggling to take care of a human being in need. His work has appeared in Alternet. Become a subscribing member today.

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Therapist burnout is a pressing issue and self-care is possible only when therapists actively help themselves. Taking a frank assessment of the risks involved in psychotherapy, such as compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, Help for the Helper challenges current thinking about the ways in which therapists are affected by their clients. The result is a new outlook upon the therapeutic process that yields concrete strategies for mental health professionals who want to maintain their own mental health and overall well-being while maximizing their competency with clients. The most unexplored of these processes is empathy—a, if not the , major tool of the helping professions. Bridging the psychological and neurophysiological gap, Rothschild expands the concept of empathy by illuminating its heretofore neglected body component. The second process is the regulation of arousal in the professional.

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  1. The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and. Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since and a teacher and trainer since She is a bestselling author of six books, all published by WW Norton and translated into more than a dozen.

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