The purpose of this website is to help psychologists find resources about self-assessment, self-care and the development of skills, relationships, and personal qualities that will allow them to be less vulnerable to ethical breaches and "slippery slopes” in their professional careers and foster ethical awareness  that leads to optimal practice.

To this end, the KPA Ethics Committee has developed this list of resources that define and discuss the stress—distress—impairment continuum, and the vulnerability at any point along the way to an ethical violation.  Resources will be informative regarding such topics as risk factors, prevention of impairment, intervening with an impaired colleague, treatment options and the national movement toward establishing colleague assistance programs.


American Psychological Association
APA Practice Central- www.apapracticecentral.org
The APA Ethics code- www.apa.org/ethics/code.html
Ken Pope- Self-Care Resources for Clinicians- http://kspope.com/ethics/self-care.php 
 
Self-Care, the Ethical Imperative, Distress and Impairment, and Treatment Options
Barnett, J.E. and Cooper, N. (2009), Creating a Culture of Self-Care. Clinical Psychology:  Science and Practice, 16:  16-20.doi:  10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01138.x - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01138.x/full
 
Barnett, J.E.  Impaired Professionals:  Distress, Professional Impairment, Self-Care and Psychological Wellness.  Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 1, 2008.  Edited by Michel Hersen and Alan M. Gross.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.  Pp. 857-884.
 
Smith, P.L. and Moss, S.B. (2009), Psychologist Impairment:  What Is It, How Can It Be Prevented, and What Can Be Done to Address It?. Clinical Psychology:  Science and Practice, 16:  1-15. doi:  10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01137.x - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01137.x/full
 
Other Self-Care Resources
APA Practice Central: Self-Care Resources - http://www.apapracticecentral.org/ce/self-care/index.aspx 
 
Women And Therapy
Lynne Carroll PhD, Paula J. Gilroy EdD & Jennifer Murra MA, NCC (1999):  The Moral Imperative, Women & Therapy, 22:2, 133-143.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J015v22n02_10
 
Psychologist Suicide
Phillip M. Kleespies, et.al. Psychologist suicide:  Incidence, impact, and suggestions for prevention, intervention, and postvention. Professional Psychol Res. Pr. 2011 June 1;42(3):  244-251. -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3124780/ 
 
Self-Care and Psychology Students and Peers
Badali, M.A.,&Habra, M.E. (2003).  Self-care for psychology students:  Strategies for staying healthy & avoiding burnout.  Psynopsis:  Canada’s Psychology Newsopaper, 25(4), 14
 
Clay, R. (2006, March).  Peers with problems:  Students can help when peers are in trouble.  gradPSYCH, 4(2). - http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2006/03/peers.aspx 
 
Self-Care/Christianity/ Psychologists
Canning, Sally Schwer, Out of Balance:  Why I Hesitate to Practice and Teach "Self-Care”.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 2011, Vol.30, No. 1, 70-74. 
 
Intervening with an Impaired Colleague
Michael F. O’Connor, Ph.D.  with APA Board of Professional Affairs Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance. - http://www.apapracticecentral.org/ce/self-care/intervening.aspx 
 
Recommended Books
 
 

The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals

Written By:  Thomas M. Skovholt

This title focuses on the work of practitioners in counseling, therapy, teaching, and the health professions. These are all "high-touch" practitioner fields where the quality of the interaction with the client/student/patient is the key to success. To do the work well requires an optimal balance between "other-care" and "self-care." How does one acquire this balance? This book explores elements of this question by describing the joys and hazards of the work, the long road from novice to senior practitioner, the essence of burnout, ways to maintain the professional and personal self, methods experts use to maintain vitality, and, finally, a self-care action plan. Written for counselors, therapists or those in the health professions.

Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care

Written By:  John C. Norcross, Ph.D. and James D. Guy Jr., Ph.D.

Wise, warm, and authoritative, this straight-talking guide addresses the real-world struggles that psychotherapists face in balancing their professional and personal lives. It demonstrates that recognizing and tending to one's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs not only feels good--it also leads to more effective and ethical practice as a clinician. The book describes and illustrates 12 self-care strategies that are grounded in the authors' extensive research and clinical experience. Interwoven throughout are insights and recommendations from other master therapists, "self-care checklists," and suggestions for further reading. Lively and engaging, this affordable  resource is ideal for a broad range of professionals and students.
 
Time management
10 Time Management Tips That Work - http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219553
Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048
 
Assessments
 
Physical Fitness, Exercise, and Meditation
Desk exercises video: 5 Minute Exercises at Your Desk - www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/video/office-exercises-in-5-minutes
Free Guided Meditations/UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center- http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22