Wounded healer

For nearly 50 years, Boston College graduate Edward Smink has worked as a caregiver in multiple healthcare and leadership roles. He also has experienced compassion fatigue and burnout. Smink has tapped into these experiences for his  book, The Soul of Caregiving: A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation. Smink’s goal is to share his insights and wisdom with other caregivers. “I learned the hard way in setting appropriate boundaries and the need for self-care,” he writes on his website. “Through the compassion of a skillful counselor, I soon learned how to build the skills of compassion resilience. The ancients of old would call me a wounded healer. I like that because it reminds me of not only my skills as a caregiver, but also that I as a caregiver have limitations. I learned that understanding my own woundedness helps me to be hospitable to the woundedness of another.”

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