Life is short.

School and work are important, but attending in a balanced fashion to other matters (physical health, spiritual wellbeing, family and social connectedness, etc.) are equally important.

As a practicing clinician, Dr. King has received immeasurable benefit from utilizing the same self-care skills he teaches clients. Prior periods of inadequate balance between work and self-care were, in hindsight, regrettable.

Thus, Dr. King encourages students and others to prioritize their own self-care skills practice as well.

Self-Care Assessments

A systematic review of 10 self-care measures identified 2 as being particularly promising15: the Professional Self-Care Scale (PSCS) and the Self-Care Behavior Inventory (SCBI).

Toward identifying areas of strength and new areas for self-care exploration, Dr. King recommends completing one of these self-care assessment measures from time to time.

Lab members can contact Dr. King for copies of these measures for their own personal use.

DBT Self-Care Skills for Psychologists

Self-Care Resources from Others

From the American Psychological Association:

From the National Academy of Medicine:

From Dr. Kenneth Pope: