Becoming a Whole Person to Treat a Whole Person
Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, New Zealand branch conference, Auckland, New Zealand
Kopacz, D. | March 28, 2015
Abstract: We hear a lot about “whole person care” and “patient centered care,” but in order to provide this, we must develop ourselves, not just as good clinicians and technicians, but also as good, whole persons. We cannot give to others what we have not first developed within ourselves.
Attendees will receive a workbook, Caring for Self, developed for a staff wellness project at the Puget Sound VA in Seattle, Washington. We will look at nine dimensions of Self: body, emotions, mind, heart, creativity, intuition, spirituality, context and time. The workbook provides a holistic framework for caring for our whole human being. The practice of medicine and the delivery of health care often lead to burnout, dissatisfaction, and cynicism – leading to disconnection and even dehumanization in ourselves and in our work. We can, however, through practice and awareness, re-humanize ourselves, our practices, and even the delivery systems we work in through caring for all human dimensions, first of ourselves, and then of our clients.
The Caring for Self workbook is adapted from the book, Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine, by David Kopacz.