Welcome to our Chapter, MBPA and CPA’s “CARE” Committee Materials
Colleague Awareness Resources and Education Program (CARE)
CPA CARE COMMITTEE Program Philosophy:
The psychology profession has recognized the need to encourage the use of rehabilitative mechanisms for those of its members who may experience behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and/or substance-related distress. The CARE program is designed to provide education and access to referrals, and increase awareness of issues of diversity, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatization, prevention, and early intervention.
The Mission of CARE is to:
- Increase awareness of how self-care and attention to wellness can mitigate the stressors inherent in the psychology professional;
- Provide preventive resources that will support psychologists and students in maintaining and enhancing general health and mental well-being throughout the developmental spectrum of their personal and professional lives;
- Normalize help seeking and health seeking behaviors and interventions for the California psychological community;
- Provide education and support programming and resources that are relevant to the needs of the diverse California psychological community;
- Educate the California psychological community about wellness, self-care, stress management, compassion fatigue, depression, substance abuse, and signs of physical and emotional distress;
- Develop mechanisms for dialogue and discussion on wellness issues with awareness to issues of diversity within the psychological community;
- Endeavor to reduce the occurrence, frequency, and severity of distress and/or impairment of California psychologists and students through prevention, education, early identification, and access to appropriate referrals.
See materials, articles and resources below to review and share with colleagues.
The following materials have been developed by MBPA member, Diane Bridgeman, when she was a member of CPA’s forerunner program to CARE, “CLASP” (Colleague Assistance & Support Program) for 5 years, and as its co-chair.
The majority of the information was created when she was a 3-year member of APA’s “AACA” (Advisory Committee of Colleague Assistance), and its chair for 2 years.
- Link to Psychologist suicide: Incidence, impact, and suggestions for prevention, intervention, and postvention
- Survey findings emphasize the importance of self care for psychologists Download pdf
- Positive Peer Partnering for Psychologists Download pdf
- Embracing Wellness/Prevention for Psychologists: Bold or Boring? Download pdf
If you have any questions, comments, or interest in adding to these materials you can contact Diane Bridgeman
APA’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA): Promoting Prevention, Wellness, and Coping with Challenges Keeping Psychologists Healthy: Is Self-Care Important? The need for self-care seems obvious yet is often ignored. Balance drives a healthy self-care...read more
by Diane Bridgeman, Ph.D. Updated, 2008 There is wisdom in embracing a strength-based approach to mental health work in general, and in disaster mental health work specifically. Such a framework can offer a more positive, hopeful, thoughtful context in which to...read more
For Volunteer Responders The intensity of a critical incident (i.e. disaster volunteering), and the challenges faced by each person may vary with respect to prior experiences, degree of exposure to the incident or those impacted by it, preparedness, training, support,...read more
Resilience Approach to Self-Care Guidelines for Those Assisting Community Members Due to Post-Election Stressors
Diane Bridgeman, Ph.D. 4/17 First, acknowledge the work you are doing in helping others Adjust your work schedule for a balance of problematic demands with those less challenging Acknowledge your limits and strive for flexibility Accept support from others Take pride...read more
Even experts need support and reminders. As psychologists, and experts in the field of human behavior, we show wisdom not weakness by integrating healthy self-care strategies into our regular schedules by periodically assessing our level of wellness, and by accessing...read more