Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Helping Yourself While Helping Others

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.


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