Wellbeing Training for Therapists, Counsellors & Psychologists
We offer training for therapists to soften the blow of empathy fatigue, let go of self-doubt and engage compassion at work.
Having delivered well-being training to many services worldwide, Jim Lucas has developed a training programme to help you listen to people’s problems without losing yourself to burnout.
In our Well-being for Therapists series, you will discover multiple straightforward exercises you can use in the workplace to improve your interpersonal skills and well-being.
You’ll learn how to:
Please get in touch to discuss a well-being training programme. We offer a choice of in-person workshops or online spaced-out training courses.
People improve their well-being by focusing on what they do rather than what they think. Positive self-perceptions, escapism and instant gratification play a minor role in mediating higher well-being.
People who engage in personally meaningful activity experience better well-being the next day and over the longer term. However, given the work context for the therapist, it is easy to tune out from what one might recognise as personally meaningful. Therapists are people too, of course, and we can safely assume that personally, purposeful activity is likely to improve therapist well-being.
How effective are work-placed well-being programmes?
ACT-based training programmes provide significant, broad and long-lasting effects on burnout. ACT teaches people how to increase psychological flexibility, which reduces employee emotional exhaustion.
Healthcare staff suffer from high levels of psychological distress and burnout, negatively affecting patient care. Studies have shown that ACT-based training programmes help in the short-term and many months later.
What do people think of our training?
We have fantastic feedback from previous organisers and attendees of our well-being training programme for therapists.
In our well-being for therapists training series, you will focus on reducing empathy fatigue by enhancing your self-awareness, openness to discomfort and commitment to values-based activities.
Knowing what you value means understanding how you want to live, function, and be a therapist.
Who is the trainer?
Jim Lucas has been a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist since 2005. He is an ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer and teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham. He says,
“When the going gets tough, the tough sends you in the opposite direction
It is one thing to know how you want to be, and it is another to keep moving in that direction.
For example, I want to be a compassionate, persistent and courageous therapist. Sometimes, when I am more settled, I can see these values clearly and move towards them. On other occasions, when my emotions are more intense or my mind gets too busy, I unintentionally act with less compassion, allow my frustrations to get in the way and avoid conversations or interventions that might be uncomfortable for my clients.
I navigate these challenges by practising self-awareness and openness. When I am consistent, I experience less empathy fatigue and more vitality.
In this therapist well-being training programme, you will learn how to build tiny habits in self-care that focus on mindfulness, psychological flexibility and self-compassion. You will complete short exercises (no longer than five minutes) that work routines can easily accommodate. There is scope to build self-care into both personal practices between client sessions and within supervision.