Counselors’ well-being is very essential in the fulfillment of day to day task of providing counseling services to their clients. It is expected that a counselor with positive physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional state will be able to develop therapeutic alliance, demonstrate empathy, and design appropriate intervention plan to address client’s presenting concern. On the other hand, prolonged exposure to individuals experiencing high level of stress may place counselors at risk on vicarious stress, secondary stress disorder, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Thus, it is at utmost importance that school counselors should prioritize their own mental health. This current manual aims to provide set of group intervention activities that will enhance resiliency and self-care strategies in order to promote counselors’ wellness. Counselors’ level of professional vitality, personal vitality, professional stress, and personal stress will be measured using the Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory (Skovholt, 2014). This will serve as a sounding board for counselors to reflect on their current state of well-being and self-care practices. The manual will be consists of 6 sessions (two hours every session) which will be scheduled on a weekly basis. Strategies will include group sharing, individual journaling, creative works, reflections, and processing. At the end of the group intervention, counselors are expected to have their own self-care plan that will aid them to maintain positive mental health amidst the challenges brought by personal and professional life.
Rosemarie Tayoto, De La Salle University, Philippines
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