Episode 3) Self-care for Helping Professionals - out 12th January!
Articles on self-care ideas and principles:
10 tips for coping during a pandemic, from a psychotherapist and expert patient
Pacing for fatigue & post-viral recovery also useful for stress management and learning to prioritise your own needs
For more articles on self-care related topics like sleep and mindfulness see this page
Episode 2) The Problem with Positive Thinking
Elizabeth and Paul speak of how helping professionals of all kinds are united in their desire to use their skills and knowledge to help people make positive changes and feel better about life. In seeking to enable these outcomes, however, we can sometimes try to 'fast track' the client to a better state through use of 'positive thinking' strategies for which the client/patient/student may not yet be ready. Inadvertently we may reinforce a double bind where the person being helped expresses difficult emotions, and then feels additionally bad for not being more positive! Listen here
Episode 1) Being with Emotions In Helping Conversations
Elizabeth and Paul discuss the core conditions for being present and supportive when clients express strong emotions such as fear, anger, or grief in helping conversations. They also explore how helping professionals can protect themselves from absorbing difficult emotions when helping clients through tough times. Listen here
'How We Care' Podcast
Launched in November 2020, my monthly podcast with careers guidance consultant and friend Paul Gaunt, ‘How We Care’ are a series of monthly collaborative conversations between helping professionals for people who care for a living. We consider the challenges in this, how best to look after our own wellbeing and ways to develop effectiveness. Formerly Head of several university careers services, Paul is now a Lecturer teaching trainee careers practitioners and has a private Careers Guidance Business based in Liverpool and online.
With combined experience in our respective fields of nearly 60 years, we are passionate about what we do and the interactions we have with clients. The podcast comes from a shared love of, and person-centred approach to, our work, and a fascination with parallel skills and issues. Relevant to social workers, teachers, managers, counsellors, nurses, psychologists, holistic therapists, physical therapists, Occupational Therapists, coaches, physiotherapists, doctors, HR professionals….it is of interest to anyone having human interactions as part of their work that can surprise, challenge and even shock. Planned topics include: being with emotions in session; practitioner self-care; the problem with positive thinking and the importance of supervision.
'How We Care' will be available on all podcast platforms and with regular updates on Twitter, follow us @lizahpool & @paulgoodwork to stay in the loop and subscribe on your favourite podcast platform.
This is ‘How We Care’!