what is human service field

The Importance of Self-Care

Engaging in ongoing self-care is one of the most important, yet oftentimes overlooked, aspects of human services work. One challenge—known as compassion fatigue—affects helpers and caregivers of all types, and is a critical issue to address given the difficult situations that professionals can be faced with. Another challenge—known as burnout—can also negatively impact a professional’s ability to carry out their duties due to high levels of stress. In this first written assignment, you will read the assigned articles, What is Compassion Fatigue (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Burnout Prevention and Recovery (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., and consider the significance of self-care from multiple perspectives.

Part I: Self-Assessment

Part II: Factors that Challenge Self-Care

Part III: Application of Self-Care Resources

  • Lastly, in two pages, examine how you would support your own self-care in your role as a human services professional using the following resources:
    • Supervision (being held accountable by supervisor while being supported in completion of tasks)
    • Training (workshops, classes, or other methods of learning)
    • Consultation (seeking professional guidance/advice from mentors and other professionals)
    • Peer support (support and aid from colleagues/co-workers)

The Importance of Self Care paper

  • Must be a minimum of four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least two scholarly and/or credible resources.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
 
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