Dr Kenyuatia L Gash
DSW, LCSW, BCD, MAC, CCTP
Dr. Kenyuatia L. Gash is a doctorate level trained trauma expert and psychotherapist that has been working in the field of social work and mental health for 19 years. She is an LCSW in multiple states, an Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and Master Addiction Counselor. She is the CEO and Senior Clinical Director of KL Gash & Associates, LLC. She specializes in PTSD, trauma, mood disorders, adjustment orders, and self-awareness and clinically trained in multiply evidenced-based interventions. Beyond therapy and training, Dr. Gash provides clinical supervision for social work supervisees and is an adjunct professor.
Day 2 Session 5B - Empowering Mental Health Workers: A Journey Towards Wellness and Self-Care
In the demanding realm of mental health care, professionals often navigate a complex landscape of emotional and psychological challenges. This presentation will address the critical yet often overlooked aspect of wellness and self-care among mental health workers. Given the high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress in this field, the presentation will underscore the importance of self-care strategies as a cornerstone for both personal well-being and professional efficacy.
In an effort to promote self-care and wellness it begins by delineating the unique stressors faced by mental health workers, including the emotional toll of empathetic engagement and the high demands of clinical settings. We highlight the paradox where mental health professionals, experts in advocating for the well-being of others, frequently neglect their own psychological needs. This is followed by a review of current literature, emphasizing the alarming rates of burnout and its implications for both practitioners and the quality of care provided.
Central to this discussion is the exploration of effective self-care strategies. The presentation advocates for a holistic approach, encompassing physical, emotional, and social dimensions. Practical recommendations will be suggested ranging from mindfulness and meditation practices to the establishment of robust support networks. The role of organizational support is also examined, stressing the need for workplace policies that foster a culture of self-care and mental wellness.
Furthermore, we will delve into the integration of self-care into professional training and development. This presentation will promote for the inclusion of self-care modules in educational curricula for mental health professionals, promoting early adoption of these crucial practices. Additionally, it will discusses the role of continuous professional development and supervision in sustaining a focus on personal well-being.
Lastly toward the end of the presentation will be a call to action for both individuals and institutions in the mental health field. It advocates for a paradigm shift where self-care is not viewed as a luxury but as an essential component of effective mental health practice. By prioritizing the well-being of mental health workers, we not only enhance their quality of life but also ensure a higher standard of care for those they serve.
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