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Boundaried Generosity and 9 Insights to Prevent Professional Burnout with Dr. Thomas Skovholt

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Interview with Dr. Thomas Skovholt - Author of The Resilient Practitioner

If you are passionate about giving and are in the helping profession, such as a therapist, nurse, doctor, priest, pastor, life coach, educator, entrepreneur, attorney, leader etc - how do you balance your capacity to help or serve others with the need to pause and take a break so that you can stay joyful and sustain your generosity (and prevent burnout)?

For many of us, finding that balance can be challenging, which is why we tend to overwork (because we are honored to help others) and forget about ourselves in the mix of our daily lives.

And passionate professional helpers and givers can reach a point (if they ignore regeneration) where on one hand they might feel GUILTY if they pause, but may feel RESENTFUL if they don't.

And this is NOT a fun inner place to be - as who likes to be inundated with unpleasant emotions?

For years I have been learning and teaching about Burnout Prevention for Professionals - inspired from the writings and research of Dr. Tom Skovholt, one of the leaders in this field, and today you get to hear directly from him!

In this episode of Renewal Conversations, our special guest is Dr. Tom Skovholt, author of the book The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for the Helping Professions.

This book has been rated as one of the top 3 books for helping professions - and I can attest to its power.

Dr. Thomas brings his Condensed Nuggets of Regenerations after decades of practice and research on how we can find balance and prevent burnout so that we can build professional resilience.

And I would argue that his nuggets of wisdom applies to everyone - no matter if you are a practitioner in the field of giving or someone who has a deep passion for helping others!

ABOUT Dr. Thomas Skovholt:
🍵 Ph. D. University of Missouri, Counseling Psychology (APA-Approved Program)
🍵 Board Certified in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
🍵 Licensed Psychologist, Florida and Minnesota
🍵 Areas of interest are resiliency development and burnout prevention; struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision, the counseling process and helping skills
🍵 Mastery and expertise in the helping professions, education and health care
🍵 Author of the book The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for the Helping Professions

Check the book here:

Click here for resources from Dr. Tom Skovholt:
Dr. Thomas' Bio -

Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory -

Graph of the Caring Cycle -

Nine Ideas About Practitioner Development and Resilience -

Other books Dr. Tom Skovholt has written:
📖 The Evolving Professional Self: Stages and Themes in Therapist and Counselor Development (Wiley Series in Psychotherapy and Counselling)
📖 Master Therapists: Exploring Expertise in Therapy and Counseling
📖 Becoming a Therapist: On the Path to Mastery
📖 Helping Skills and Strategies

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