Reflective Practice & Self Care
How we engage in our own self-care is often reflected in our presence with clients. What we model to our clients, may encourage an individual, as much as what we say and how we listen. Most clients enjoy working with someone who is fully present.
In order to work effectively with clients, we need to take care of our physical health, our emotional well-being and our mental health. We may renew ourselves through healthy activities which we enjoy together with our relationships with others. Each person will approach self-care in a way that suits their individual needs.
Self-care relates to strategies which help guidance counsellors and adult guidance information officers remain effective in their work. It is something which needs to be of primary concern for all practitioners.
We can sometimes have very high expectations of what we can achieve at work. In order to be realistic in our expectation of ourselves and others, we need to be informed by:
- Our strategic plan which outlines both our team and individual commitments;
- Team meetings which afford an opportunity to share work load and concerns, such as resource issues and competing demands;
- Time management techniques: for example, manage your appointments and finish sessions on time. Use the telephone more for follow up and plan your travel so as to use your time most effectively;
- Being conscious of your role and remit;
- Awareness of the boundaries and limitations of your role;
- Referring clients, as and when appropriate.
Can you identify any other ways of managing our expectations, both of ourselves and others?