Self Care and Boundary Setting (University of Southern California)
Self-care is emphasized as a cornerstone of maintaining a measure of health as a helping professional. Yet, the practice of self-care is often allusive. Self-care can be thought of, in part, as a function of personal and professional boundaries. As helping professionals, our desire to be of service and relieve the suffering of others can supersede our care of ourselves. Managing better self-care is reflected in our ability to set limits through establishing boundaries; self-care is both discerning when to say yes and when to say no and articulating this in personal and professional spheres.
1) understanding healthy boundaries
2) learning psychological processes that can thwart intact, flexible and healthy boundaries
3) learn how to identify, articulate and maintain boundaries to engender healthy professional and personal systems.