Course: Caring for Ourselves
by Ellen K. Baker
A Therapist's Guide to Personal & Prof. Well-Being
This book could be subtitled, “Physician Heal Thyself” or more appropriately, “Therapists Prevent Thine Own Illness”. Ellen K. Baker guides the reader through waters all helping professionals must navigate in preserving their own well-being and in fortifying themselves from the unrelenting tides of stress unique to mental health practitioners. If course work in self-care was under emphasized in formal training, therapists would be wise to make this one of their continuing education selections.
This helpful text is an outgrowth of Dr. Baker’s long-term interest in the health of caregivers and her widely respected self-care workshops. Caring for Ourselves is enriched by the wisdom of many well known practitioners Dr. Baker interviewed regarding their own conflict between nourishing themselves and helping others. Practical suggestions address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of therapists as they balance personal and professional lives. Therapists will appreciate the sensitive discussion of their relationship needs as they more consciously participate in their own personal journey of self-care.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
Syllabus / Course Instructions
Additional Resources On This Site for CE
Additional Resources Not On This Site
Bio: Ellen K. BakerEllen K. Baker, PhD, was the oldest of five children born into a post WWII, mid-west family. Interest in the self-care of helping professionals came early as her father and mother worked in veterinary medicine and she frequently heard the refrain, “a cow didn’t know what time of day it was when she had trouble calving”.
Dr. Baker is a psychologist in private practice in Washington DC. She was formerly on staff at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers of Washington, DC, and Palo Alto, California, and the Washington Women’s Medical Center. Dr. Baker has worked in psychodrama at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. In collaboration with Lynn M. Hornyak, she was the coeditor of Experimental Therapies for Eating Disorders (1989). Dr. Baker has served in the governance of the Division of Independent Practice of the American Psychological Association (Division 42) and in the District of Columbia Psychological Association. Dr. Baker received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.