|Importance of Self-Care for Frontline Professionals||1.50|
Healthcare and behavioral health professionals providing services on the front lines of a sustained health crisis are exposed to traumatic events on a regular basis. Staff deemed essential have little escape from the grueling demands of their daily work. Professional self-care routines are often insufficient or seemingly impossible during times of heavy demand. Without healthy work-life balance, effective self-care practices, and social connection, maladaptive coping mechanisms may surface or return. Many professionals experience feelings of helplessness when, despite their best efforts, they are unable to provide clinical solutions for their clients or patients. Based on what is known about trauma, it is imperative for professionals to effectively address self-care needs in a timely manner, for themselves and for those they serve.
Identify signs and symptoms of moral injury, vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
List up to three factors contributing to resilience.
Recall why self-care is especially important for frontline professionals during a public health crisis.
Define the psychological and biological effects of uncertainty.
Recognize at least eight effective self-care practices for use at work and/or home.