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Professional Well-Being

Enhancing Wellness Among Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Mental Health Clinicians

Grace Gengoux, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Sanno E. Zack, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Derenne, M.D., Athena Robinson, Ph.D., Laura B. Dunn, M.D., and Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A.

  • 2020
  • 298 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-229-4
  • Item #37229

Description

Although data exist to support the notion that physician self-care is correlated with patient care, the culture of medicine has traditionally valued the ideals of self-sacrifice and perfectionism—often to the detriment of clinicians themselves.

Professional Well-Being: Enhancing Wellness Among Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Mental Health Clinicians, the result of a collaboration by several psychologists and psychiatrists in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, posits a new culture, one that is supportive of the health and well-being of health care professionals and the patients and populations they serve.

The book’s first section examines individual and systemic barriers to professional well-being, chronicling the unique challenges faced by health care providers at different stages of professional and personal development. Detailed case studies and vignettes illustrate effective methods for reducing burnout while also enhancing professional fulfillment. Thought-provoking discussion questions encourage readers to focus on implementation tactics applicable to their own health care practices.

Part II discusses personal resilience and realistic strategies—from the mental and social to the physical—to improve well-being. Specific exercises encourage mental health professionals to engage in pragmatic action for improved personal and professional well-being.

Throughout the book, a wealth of tables and figures illustrate important points. The inclusion of “positive practices” and recommended readings offers readers the opportunity to integrate what they have learned and to expand their study.

Patients benefit when treated by clinicians who value and model self-care. Professional Well-Being outlines for mental health care providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health clinicians, and trainees, how to become such a professional.

Contents

Part I Well-Being and Wellness: An Emerging Imperative for the Health Professions
Chapter 1. Healthy Clinicians, Healthy Patients
Chapter 2. Professional and Personal Developmental Milestones
Chapter 3. Burnout and Clinician Mental Health
Chapter 4. Approaches to Mental Health Care for Fellow Clinicians
Chapter 5. Special Challenges for Clinicians-in-Training
Chapter 6. Systems and Supports for Clinician Wellness
Chapter 7. Legal and Ethical Issues in the Context of Impairment and Recovery
Part II Well-Being and Positive Self-Care: Practical Approaches for Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals

Chapter 8. Preventive Health Care Strategies: Fostering Positive Self-Care and Resilience
Chapter 9. Mindfulness and Spiritual Well-Being
Chapter 10. Nutrition and Physical Activity
Chapter 11. Sleep
Chapter 12. Relationships and Social Connection
Chapter 13. Psychiatric Care and Psychotherapy
Chapter 14. Meaningful Professional
Index

About the Authors

Grace W. Gengoux, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Clinical Associate Professor
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Sanno E. Zack, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Jennifer L. Derenne, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Athena Robinson, Ph.D., is Chief Clinical Officer at Woebot Labs, Inc. in San Francisco, California.

Laura B. Dunn, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Chairman and Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine; Editor-in-Chief of the journal Academic Medicine; and Editor-in-Chief, Books, at American Psychiatric Association Publishing in Washington, D.C.

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