Through APA's Practice Directorate, the APA Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance offers free materials on professional health and well-being, and the occupational hazards of being a psychologist. These are also available on the Practice Directorate Web site,


Further Reading


  • Baker, E. (in press). Caring for Ourselves: A Therapist's Guide to Personal and Professional Well-Being. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Kilburg, R.R., Nathan, P.E., & Thoreson, R.W. (Eds.). (1986). Professionals in Distress: Issues, Syndromes, and Solutions in Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Pearlman, L.A., & Saakvitne, K.W. (1995). Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

  • For more information on state colleague assistance programs, contact your state psychological association, listed at