Ethics and Self-Care: Balancing our Lives and Reducing Risk

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: N/A

This program was originally webcast live on September 23,  2011 but is now available as an On-Demand Video Program.

Principle A of our ethics code reminds us that: “Psychologists strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work.” This INTERMEDIATE workshop examines the complex links between self-care and professional competence. The participatory format includes a structured self-assessment exercise and the application of ethical and self-care principles to challenging professional practice and multicultural vignettes.

Learning Objective 1
Explain how maintaining personal well-being is an ethical responsibility that is directly related to competence in a complex multicultural society.

Learning Objective 2
Identify at least two vulnerabilities to occupational stress common to psychologists and two that are unique to you based on a self-assessment exercise.

Learning Objective 3 
Identify common warning signs of occupational stress for professional psychologists in general and describe two which are most likely to occur in your professional practice and develop a specific plan for implementing two specific self-care strategies into your personal and professional life.

Presenters: Erica H. Wise, PhD and Clare Marks Gibson, MA

Erica H. Wise is Clinical Professor and Director of the Psychology Training Clinic for the Department of Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She teaches doctoral level courses that focus on clinical theory and practice, ethics and diversity. She is a former chair of the APA Ethics Committee and the North Carolina Psychology Board. She is a frequent presenter and consultant on ethical issues in clinical psychology. Her professional interests include education and training, psychotherapy outcome research and applications of ethics and self-care in academic and professional practice settings. She strives to incorporate high standards of professional practice and self-care into all of her endeavors.

Supplementary Materials

  • Self-assessment questionnaire (download and print)
  • Stress-distress continuum-HO-2011 (download and print)
  • Bibliography and Suggest Readings
  • Ethics and Self Care slides

2 User Reviews

"So glad APA is recognizing the need for this topic."
— Anonymous

"Important topic, but three hours felt like fluff"
— Anonymous