September 23, 2020

Dear Registrants,

Save the Dates for the College’s Upcoming Workshop Series on Self-Care!

The College will be hosting a two-part series on self-care for psychologists.  Dr. Leisl Bryant will lead a workshop on October 15, 2020 at 12p followed by Dr. Jeffrey Barnett on November 12, 2020 at 5p.  These presenters are psychologists with expertise in the area of self-care and risk management in professional practice.  The presenters will cover what self-care is and why it matters as well as strategies and development of a plan for workshop attendees’ own self-care.

As with our previous workshops these will be held virtually and at no cost to our registrants. Recordings will be made available through the registrant portal afterwards. Registration for the October 15, 2020 workshop is now open, please RSVP by sending an email to Information on access and participation will follow via email to those who have RSVP’d their attendance.

The Self-Care Necessity: Understanding and Application

Part I: Understanding Self-Care: The Basics and Beyond October 15, 2020 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Presented by: Leisl M. Bryant, Ph.D., ABPP

Part II: Implementation Strategies for Optimal Functioning November 12, 2020 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by: Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP

 Webinar Description:   While also rewarding, working as a psychologist can at times be challenging, demanding, and stressful. With some clients, it can even be traumatizing to the clinician. And, the strains and uncertainties of the current pandemic have added their own unique pressures.  Self-care, the promotion of wellness, and the prevention of burnout are essential for every psychologist, and now more than ever.

Part I of this workshop series looks at what self-care is and why it matters, addressing the integral connection to ethical and regulatory obligations, competence, and clinical effectiveness.  Risks for both psychologists and their clients when clinician self-care is not effectively addressed are reviewed, as well as the concepts and research on distress, burnout, and vicarious traumatization.  Specific aspects of clinicians’ work, personal factors, and vulnerabilities will be considered, and a self-care continuum will be presented, including an expanded focus on wellness.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define self-care
  2. Discuss the link between clinician self-care, ethics, regulatory obligations, competence, and good clinical care
  3. Describe at least five risks of not effectively attending to self-care
  4. Explain differences between distress, burnout, and vicarious traumatization
  5. Describe the self-care continuum

Part II of this series reviews the ethical obligation to tend to self-care, and presents ways to assess our own individual self-care needs and effectiveness, as well as specific strategies for the effective practice of self-care. Important issues such as personal and professional challenges, vulnerabilities, and blind spots that can limit our ability to effectively implement an ongoing self-care plan are addressed. The limitations of self-monitoring and self-assessment are reviewed and recommendations for proactively and effectively addressing these challenges are presented. A realistic approach to ongoing self-care and the promotion of wellness, and how to develop and implement an individualized comprehensive self-care plan, are presented for psychologists to integrate into their daily lives, for their own benefit, and for the benefit of their clients.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List their personal vulnerabilities and blind spots
  2. Explain the symptoms warning signs of burnout
  3. Describe a realistic approach to self-care and the promotion of wellness
  4. Articulate a personal self-care plan
  5. Explain the use of their competence constellation to promote ongoing wellness

Leisl M. Bryant, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed New Hampshire and Massachusetts-based clinical and forensic psychologist, with board certification in Forensic Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Bryant frequently consults and lectures across the country on forensic, clinical, ethical, and risk management issues and has maintained a private practice for nearly two decades. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and formerly served as President and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). She also served on the NHPA Ethics Committee for over ten years, received the Margaret M. Riggs Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology, and was later awarded the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy.  Her areas of interest include ethical and legal issues in professional practice, clinician growth and wellness, trauma, and spirituality.

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist who is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, he is a distinguished practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He is a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland and recently completed five years as the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Graduate programs. He also has maintained a private practice over the past 35 years. He has been President of the Maryland Psychological Association and of three APA divisions along with many other leadership roles to include Chair of the Ethics Committees of the Maryland Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and American Board of Professional Psychology, and Vice Chair of the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. He has over 200 publications to include 13 books and has provided over 400 professional presentations and workshops both in-person and online focusing primarily on ethics and professional practice issues for psychologists. Through his many publications and presentations Dr. Barnett has made major contributions in ethics and ethics education, to include psychological wellness, the promotion of wellness, and the prevention of burnout throughout the career span. Among the many awards he has received in recognition of his contributions to the practice and profession of psychology are the APA’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Independent Practice of Psychology, the APA Outstanding Ethics Educator Award, and the APA award for Outstanding Leadership in Psychology.

The College encourages all registrants to attend to self-care during these challenging times and is pleased to be able to support the importance of self-care through offering this workshop series.

Registrants are welcome to continue to provide comments and suggestions through the feedback email:

The Chronicle is coming soon, and will provide updates on the upcoming AGM, Board elections and other important topics.  Please stay tuned and stay in touch.  For our part, it is a very busy time and you have our complete assurance that the College will continue to provide speedy and reliable updates on all matters of relevance to our registrants and to the regulation of our profession in BC.

Warm regards and best wishes for everyone’s good health.

Andrea Kowaz, Ph.D., R.Psych.