Work-Related Stress: The Practice of Professional Self-Care

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Work-related stress can be defined as an individual’s emotional and physical response to the demands of a job that is incongruent with his or her needs, abilities or resources. Given social work’s client-centered nature, it is not surprising that social workers experience tremendous work-related stress — particularly among those providing direct services in health or mental health sectors. Aside from simply understanding the causes of work-related stress and the deleterious impact of distress, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout, it is imperative that social workers plan and practice self-care to minimize the effects of stress.

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The original material can be found here: http://www.continuingeducation.com/course/sw05/work-related-stress