- Delineates three important first principles of therapeutic relationships.
- Describes the powerful “why” building therapeutic relationships is important
- Provides comprehensive competencies required to build and engage in intentional therapeutic relationships with patients and colleagues
- Summarizes how health care is set up to de-value relationships and how we can overcome those obstacles.
- Presents the how-to for creating a culture of wellness and self-care in challenging healthcare environments
- Includes reflective questions and activities in each chapter to reinforce key concepts
This book presents a compelling case for putting care at the center of health care. It powerfully makes the case for strong therapeutic relationships as a way to create reciprocity in health care relationships– that interacting thoughtfully with patients and building our capacity to do so, greatly reduces clinical burnout, enhances patient care, patient safety and patient outcomes. This book outlines first principals for caring relationships and then provides a blueprint for building intentional therapeutic relationships which must be grounded in a culture of wellness with a strong emphasis on self-care.
By pivoting our attention to truly being present and attentive to our relationships, we protect ourselves and harvest more meaning from our clinical encounters. This is not an invitation for yet another task for the over-deployed clinician, rather it is laying a stake in the ground as to why we choose to work with patients in the first place. This book presents a much needed clarion call to students, healthcare leaders, and healthcare clinicians to create more satisfaction for those who work in health care and those that receive that care.