Timely Issues in Professional Practice

How can psychologists maintain professional resilience and high standards of care in the face of ongoing and/or severe situations that impact everyone? The following articles provide some practical guidance for how to manage one's own concerns while also successfully engaged in practice. The Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance is interested in helping psychologists continue to be able to help their communities while maintaining their own health and well being.

Tapping Your Resilience After Hurricane Katrina: Pointers for Practitioners

by the APA Board of Professional Affairs Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance and Professional Development Staff

The effects of a national trauma such as Hurricane Katrina may permeate both the professional and personal lives of psychologists. To fortify their resilience, practitioners must acknowledge and address their own psychological needs and consider taking other important steps.

Maintaining Resilience in the Face of War and Terrorism: Suggestions for Professionals

by the Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance

First in the series "Practicing Psychology in a Changed World," this document is intended to provide practical guidance to psychologists in maintaining professional resilience and high standards of care in the face of the stressors of war and terrorism.

Normal Responses to Trauma

by Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance

Second in the series "Practicing Psychology in a Changed World," this document presents information on the normal responses that psychologists may experience when traumatic events occur.

Shared Trauma: Helping Clients Cope with National Events That Affect the Therapist

by Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance

Third in the series "Practicing Psychology in a Changed World," this document addresses the experiences of therapists and clients alike as they process traumatic national events.