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Clinician's Quandary invites your take on how you'd handle tricky scenarios in practice! On the first Tuesday of every month, we'll pose a new Quandary and collect responses. Top answers from the previous month will be posted that same day and shared with your colleagues worldwide. See below for submission details.

This month's Quandary:

I’ve been working for several weeks with a client who was in a serious car crash that left her in a deep depression for years. When she recounts her story, I find myself unusually affected, as if I’m reliving the event with her. At the end of our sessions, I feel exhausted and stressed. I’ve heard a little bit about vicarious trauma but don’t know much about how to deal with it. I plan to work through this with my supervisor, but in the meantime, are there some good, practical ways to protect myself that still allow me to be fully present and empathetic with my client?

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  • Send your response in 300 words or less to info@psychnetworker.org. Include "Clinician's Quandary Submission" in the subject line.* Include your name and country, city, or state.
  • Please provide detail in your response that paints a picture of what your solution looks like in practice. Don't be afraid to get creative!
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Topic: Professional Development

Tags: case study | Personal & Professional Development | Professional Development | Clinician's Quandary

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:02:07 PM | posted by Toni Parker
I reading these articles about medications and whether she should take meds. There is one thing that really concerns me.. It is important to look at her nutrition and nobody is discussing that. All the research shows that nutrition plays a huge part on our moods and behavior.. especially sugar. I would like to see someone asking her what she eats and when and also about exercise.and her sleep.. It is important to look at the whole person. Is she eating lots of processed food that is full of sugar and chemicals? Please consider these factors when discussing medication and if you don't know about nutrition then work with one.. So much research about impact of food and exercise now that we as therapists need to take this into consideration.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:32:58 PM | posted by David Stewart
I am glad to see this feature added to the otherwise very comprehensive array of articles and resources for the clinican's on-going clinical development. What I have often wondered is why there has not been a regular feature focusing on clinical supervision. The consultation section does not really use that kind of lens. Thanks for this, keep it up. David Stewart, Victoria, BC, Canada