Assignment: Develop a Self-Care Plan
Counselors engage in self-care activities to maintain and promote their own emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to best meet their professional responsibilities.
â€”2014 ACA Code of Ethics, Section C: â€œProfessional Responsibility,â€ Introduction
To be successful in your mental health counseling career and remain passionate about serving clients, it is necessary to maintain personal and professional wellness. Helping clients, while intrinsically rewarding, is difficult work. Counseling sessions are often filled with intense client stories, experiences, and emotions that can be stressful for you as well as for the client. Focusing solely on clients and losing sight of yourself can have a significant impact on your effectiveness as a counselor and can potentially lead to burnout.
For this Assignment, you will develop a Self-Care Plan that you can use to help maintain your personal and professional wellness.
- Review the results from your VIA Survey of Character Strengths, which you completed in this weekâ€™s Discussion.
- Review the Learning Resources related to self-care.
- Review the Self-Care Plan Template you will use to help create your plan.
- Complete your Self-Care Plan using the template.