Thursday, November 14, 2013
My friends in student services alerted me to this article, and I think it is as important for ASPer's as it is for people in student services. While the title might sound alarmist, I know the burn-out rate in ASP is very high. Some points really jump out:
1) We are not counselors. We need to send students to counselors. We experience vicarious trauma when we try to act as counselors.
2) Self-care is critical. You can't help anyone if you are not well. If you are a one-person shop, the job never ends. Accumulating sick days/vacation days/personal days is a not a badge of honor. Vacations are necessary.