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By the nature of the work that healthcare professionals do, they come under a lot of stress so it is important that they are supported in dealing with this stress both for their own benefits and that of their friends and family, and also of their clients at work.
Here, healthcare professionals, whether in physical health or mental health, can choose the most relevant modules for themselves. And, if you are a manager, you can choose the courses that target the key issues for your team.
The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) provides the following courses for self-care and stress management.
A 1-day course.
This 6 hour course explores the crucial yet often overlooked issue of compassion fatigue and is specifically designed for health professionals in both physical and mental health spheres. It examines the subtle signs of compassion fatigue and how it differs from burnout and vicarious traumatization. It offers self-assessment, real-world case studies, and prevention and intervention strategies, and invites delegates to share experiences and solutions. It ultimately aims to equip delegates with personal coping strategies and institutional resources to combat compassion fatigue and maintain professional enthusiasm and commitment without compromising well-being. It simultaneously aims to help delegates safeguard their passion for caregiving and ensure a sustainable and fulfilling career.
A 6-hour 'online anytime' course.
This course ‘does what it says on the tin’ and is for anyone who wants to get good sleep, as well as for professionals who want to learn about helping their clients to do so. It covers all the areas necessary and a few more besides. For example: your relationship with your bed, the sleep drive, the circadian rhythm, sleep myths, sleep hygiene factors, ‘napping’, how to get to sleep, the disruptive habits of partners, what to do on waking up in the middle of the night, biphasic sleep patterns, beliefs about sleep that can undermine us, as well as (briefly) related physical or biological factors relating to sleep and wellbeing.
A 1-day course.
This 6-hour course is designed for health professionals in both physical and mental healthcare domains. As a healthcare provider, confronting stress is an everyday challenge that can impact not just your well-being but also the quality of care you deliver. This course delves into the nature of stress, including stress that is unique to healthcare, providing you with the tools to identify stress signals and mitigate their impact on your professional practice. Engage in hands-on sessions featuring relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and cognitive-behavioral strategies tailored to empower you with resilience against the inevitable stressors of your work. Additionally, explore how to foster a supportive work environment conducive to stress reduction for you and your colleagues. Equip yourself with a personal stress management plan and learn to integrate effective stress management strategies into your daily routine. Achieve a balanced life for your own sake, and because caring for others begins with caring for yourself.
A 1-day course.
This 6-hour course on vicarious traumatization is designed for professionals navigating the demanding fields of physical and mental health care. The course offers an exploration of vicarious trauma, distinguishing it from related conditions like burnout and compassion fatigue. Through expert-led sessions, you will learn to identify the subtle yet profound signs of vicarious trauma in yourself and your peers. Participate in interactive activities designed to establish robust professional boundaries and engage in discussions that foster a community of support. Discover organizational strategies and personal coping mechanisms that cultivate resilience, and develop comprehensive wellness plans tailored to the unique challenges of health care environments. The program aims to empower health professionals to create a sustainable practice, ensuring they remain effective yet without compromising their own wellbeing.