Programmatic Self Care in an Outpatient Setting
Traditionally, chaplains have provided care for staff through consultation, informal conversation, grief work, and more formal counsel and ritual. This article discusses four programmatic approaches to staff care created in response to particular assessed needs: “Finding Soul” addresses staff care needs to find meaning and joy in their work and to contribute to the “soul” of the institution. “Existential Expedition” helps staff both deal with their accumulated grief and provide better direct care around existential issues being faced by their patients. “After Book” provides a way for staff to have closure with parents/families and to provide holistic care to families after discharge from the system. “The Labyrinth Program” provides staff with an opportunity to de-stress and to attend to their emotional and spiritual well-being. Focused upon staff care, these programs also secondarily benefit both patients/families and the vision and mission of the institution.