<a href="http://jonreeves.wordpress.com">Jon Reeves</a> is a staff psychologist at Boston University. He also runs a private practice and writes when possible. He has worked in college counseling for 5 years, and has been affiliated with 7 different universities as a clinician or professor. His research focused on sexuality and he trained in sex therapy. When not sitting in an office, he's likely found outside with friends or inside with books. After pursuing his Clinical Psychology PhD in California, he decided to explore the university-riddled town of Boston. He has not yet participated in a bank heist or tea party. He remains disappointed about this.
When I was working on my PhD, I wore myself out like a pair of cheap socks. After a few years of reflection, self-care, and therapy, I can look through the ol’ retrospect-o-scope and give you some ideas about how to avoid the same outcome.
Here are four ways to burn out, followed by tips for self-renewal.
Licensing protects you, the public, and the profession. I appreciate that it exists, now that I have joined the ranks of licensure. However, the pursuit inspired many sighs, groans, and eye rolls between me and my colleagues. Complaints formed for many reasons – cost was (and still is) one of them.
What should you do to prepare – financially, at least – for licensure? Below, I outline seven steps with an estimated time that it will take for each. I will give you concrete suggestions, with real numbers and links included.
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