Work-Life Balance and Self-Care in the Helping Professions
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This event will be held on July 13th, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MT/12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT
Given the stress experienced by mental health professionals and the high demand for mental health services, it is crucial that mental health professionals are proactive in protecting their own psychological, social, and physical well-being. Work-life balance is commonly discussed, but how possible is finding such "balance"? If it is possible, how do we achieve it? Additionally, self-care is a commonly used buzzword, yet often misunderstood, minimized, or not tangibly supported by organizations. In this presentation, we will discuss work-life balance and self-care, including the life-long nature of these endeavors; and, we will discuss strategies to attempt to incorporate balance and wellness into your life in a sustainable way.
Melanie Wilcox, PhD
Dr. Melanie Wilcox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, and Department of Psychiatry at Augusta University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2015. Prior to joining Augusta University, she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Training at in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University, and an Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Clinic at Louisiana Tech University. Her research agenda has three pillars: Culturally responsive psychotherapy and psychotherapy training, racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, and Whiteness and social justice. Across these areas, Dr. Wilcox has 24 peer-reviewed publications, 63 peer-reviewed presentations, and 32 invited presentations, including a number of continuing education workshops. She has also served in many regional and national service and leadership roles, including currently serving on the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs and the Georgia Psychological Association’s Legal and Legislative Advocacy Committee and Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Wilcox is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in counseling psychology, and maintains a part-time private practice where she conducts psychotherapy and psychological assessment from culturally responsive and trauma-informed perspectives.