Virtual Coffee Discussion: Let’s have a chat about Self Care

Virtual Coffee Discussion: Let’s have a chat about Self Care


Hosted by Dr. Bailey Bosch, SIOPA is undertaking a project to explore self-care in the profession. Industrial and organisational psychologists often consult to the optimisation of psychological well-being amongst individuals, groups and organisations as their clients (Cilliers & Flotman, 2016). Therefore, to be effective in this task, psychologists are required to not only know the relevant theory, but to demonstrate psychological well-being in their professional roles and personal lives (Lowman, 2002). It could even be argued that self‐care of mental health professionals is an ethical imperative as it relates to competence (Wise, Herse & Gibson, 2012).

While mental health professionals are often mandated by ethical principles to remain cognizant of the potential effects that their work has on their own physical and mental health when professionally treating others (Wise et al, 2012) many of us may avoid seeking help for the same reasons our clients do. The professional literature cites a number of barriers to seeking treatment (for example Bearse et al, 2013) such as social stigma, treatment concerns, fear of emotion, anticipated risks and self-disclosure. SIOPA is interested to learn more about these barriers as they relate to those working in the IOP space in Australia.

Despite the growing literature on self-care for professional psychologists, self-care resources available to practitioners in the field of IOP appear to be sparse. The aim of this project is to consult with the profession to determine the availability, accessibility and quality of self-care resources specific to our profession.



Dr. Bailey Bosch helps professionals and organisations navigate the challenges of modern work. Using an evidence-informed approach she specialises in remote work strategy and staff selection. She has spent the last 6 years in the field of flexible and remote work and has spoken on topics related to mental well-being and resilience in the workplace, organisational strategy and design and work-life integration to both national and international audiences.


Bearse, J. L., McMinn, M. R., Seegobin, W., & Free, K. (2013). Barriers to psychologists seeking mental health care. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice44(3), 150.

Cilliers, F., & Flotman, A. P. (2016). The psychological well-being manifesting among master’s students in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology42(1), 1-11.

Lowman, R. (2002). Principles for education and training at the doctoral and postdoctoral level in consulting psychology/organizational. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research54(4), 213-222.

Wise, E. H., Hersh, M. A., & Gibson, C. M. (2012). Ethics, self-care and well-being for psychologists: Reenvisioning the stress-distress continuum. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice43(5), 487.