Self Compassion as Self Care: WMHCA

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1 CE Recorded: Fall, 2023

The Power already within us:

The practice of self-care as a mental health provider is an ethical and necessary action to sustain and nourish ourselves from the burnout that giving care requires. Self-care can also feel like a burden, inaccessible, expensive, and unrealistic to therapists. Self- compassion has increased therapy efficacy across modalities (Wetterneck et al., 2013). We, therapists, are human, too. We, too, need care, especially as care providers. While it might appear logical that one's self-compassion abilities impact therapy outcomes, it can be challenging to apply and live these practices! Learning to re-frame self-care work into a mindset to approach your life may be a more authentic, healing, and real way to integrate this practice. Learn about the tenets of self-compassion and how therapists can apply this to themselves and integrate practical uses with clients—pulling from the knowledge of Christopher Germer, Marsha Linehan, Kristin Neff, Kim Quinlan, and more!

Objectives To identify the tenets of self-compassion, to learn practical ways to use self- compassion, and integrate self-compassion into therapy frameworks with clients.

Outline Psycho-education on Self-Compassion (5) The 3 tenets (10) Reframing (10) Practical Tools(15) Meditation practice (10) Art Therapy directive (10)

EPDC CE Hours: 1
Presenter: Sarah Weber, MA, LMHC, ATR-P

Sarah Weber is a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist. She believes the therapeutic relationship to be a collaboration between the client and therapist. Sarah has worked in a variety of settings from community based to partial hospitalization and supports children, families and adults. Sarah is rooted in therapy frameworks including disability, feminist, humanistic, multicultural (cultural humility), and queer theories. She aims to be an ally through continuing education, living with specific values, educating others, and advocating for individuals in and outside the therapeutic space. Sarah practices a relational style of counseling, prioritizing non-judgment and mutual respect. Sarah integrates use of Art Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy.