The purpose of this website is to help psychologists find resources about self-assessment, self-care and the development of skills, relationships, and personal qualities that will allow them to be less vulnerable to ethical breaches and "slippery slopes” in their professional careers and foster ethical awareness  that leads to optimal practice.

To this end, the KPA Ethics Committee has developed this list of resources that define and discuss the stress—distress—impairment continuum, and the vulnerability at any point along the way to an ethical violation.  Resources will be informative regarding such topics as risk factors, prevention of impairment, intervening with an impaired colleague, treatment options and the national movement toward establishing colleague assistance programs.

American Psychological Association

 APA Practice Central-

 The APA Ethics Code-

 APA Practice Central:  Self-Care Resources –

 Ken Pope – Self-Care Resources for Clinicians-

 Michael F. O’Connor, Ph.D. with APA Board of Professional Affairs Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance. -


Other articles

 Barnett, J.E. and Cooper, N. (2009), Creating a Culture of Self-Care. Clinical Psychology:  Science and Practice, 16:  16-20.doi:  10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01138.x-

 Clay, R. (2006, March).  Peers with problems:  Students can help when peers are in trouble.  gradPSYCH, 4(2).

 Phillip M. Kleespies, Psychologist suicide:  Incidence, impact, and suggestions for prevention, intervention, and postvention.  Professional Psychol Res. Pr. 2011 June 1; 42 (3):  244-251.


Recommended Books

Barnett, J.E.  Impaired Professionals:  Distress, Professional Impairment, Self-Care and Psychological Wellness.  Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 1, 2008.  Edited by Michel Hersen and Alan M. Gross.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.  Pp. 857-884.


Carter, L. A., & Barnett, J. E. (2014) Self-Care for Clinicians in Training. A Guide to Psychological Wellness for Graduate Students in Psychology.  New York:  Oxford 


Skovholt, Thomas M. The Resilient Practitioner:  Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals


Norcross, J. C., & Guy, J. Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care


Norcross, J. C., Campbell, L. F., Grohol, J. M., Santrock, J. W., Selagea, F., & Sommer, R. (2013) Self-help that works: Resources to improve emotional health and strengthen relationships (4th ed.) New York:  Oxford.

    Figley, C.R. (Ed.). (1995) Compassion fatigue:  Coping with secondary traumatic stress disorder in those who treat the traumatized. New York:  Brunner/Mazel.
  Stamm, B.H. (Ed.). (1999). Secondary traumatic stress:  self-care issues for clinicians, researchers, and educators, 2nd Edition. Lutherville, MD:  Sidran Press


David Susman’s blog:  “The Mental Health and Wellness Blog”

Dr. Susman’s award winning website is focused on “mental health, wellness and recovery from mental illness and addiction. His entries offer support, hope, inspiration and encouragement to persons in recovery and to those who care about them.” His research-based approaches provide proven, science-based information and resources applicable for anyone attempting to change problematic behaviors, including self-help and wellness issues related to losing weight, stopping smoking, quitting drugs and alcohol, and reducing stress, anxiety or depression.

The main page is  Look at the tab labeled “Blog Post Index” to see articles by categories. Many articles under the tabs of “Self-Help” and “Wellness” may be particularly relevant and helpful.


Quality of Life

Desk exercises video: 5 Minute Exercises at Your Desk –

Free Guided Meditations/UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center – Http://

Florido, R. & Michos, E. (2015).  Sitting Disease:  Moving your Way to a Healthier Heart.  U.S. News & World Report.

McCloskey, A. (2015, November). Standing up to sedentary behavior.  Wellspring:  Sharing Physical Activity Knowledge. Alberta Centre for Active Living.  26(8).

Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity