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About Edward M Smink Ph.D
Dr. Edward M. Smink, Ph.D. has over forty years of experience in healthcare as nurse, crisis and pastoral counselor, executive leader, facilitator of mission, ethics, value and leadership formation and community health. He served on local, regional and international committees of value formation in the United States, Australia, Korea, England, Spain and Italy. His career of coaching has the foundation of his many years in different leadership positions where his skills of active listening, the promotion of ethical and professional guidelines, crisis intervention, facilitation of personal and professional goals, growth strategies, and sensitivity for and the promotion of cultural and spiritual diversity has taught him much wisdom. Edward likes to claim that along with his academic credentials, he has learned most from his experience with colleagues who care for others and from those who needed his services. Edward’s focus on coaching includes an emphasis on the development of strengths and the integration of values in personal and professional practice. He is passionate about the universal values and archetypes that unite humankind and with his background in mythological studies, enjoys discovering the unique personal stories of each client that contribute to successful outcomes. More information about Dr. Edward M. Smink can be found on his website: www.soulofthewoundedhealer.com
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In Chapter One, I call this tension between activity and reflection, “the Dance of Caregiving,” a dance between the caregiver’s needs and those of the one in need. The chapter is an introduction to exploring something we do every day: to reflect on our experiences.
Chapter Two, “Reclaiming Soul,” asks the question, “What is Soul?” and how is the caregiver empowered and sustained. Discovering Soul implies going deeper into the inner caverns of our being, listening to the inner beats of our heart where insight and wisdom abide
"Once Upon a Time in the Land of OZ,” Chapter Three, explores the universal underpinnings of the role of caregiving, as each profession exists in the broader mythic and archetypal realm of a culture.
In Chapter Four, “Truce or Consequences,” both the mythos and logos of caregiving are explored. Each relates to faithless science and unscientific faith, leading to a unity of the left and right brain functions.
“The Ins and Outs of Hospitality,” in Chapter Five, discusses how the caregiver, as host, experiences three different dimensions of hospitality: the caregiver who hosts the stranger, the caregiver who hosts his or her reactions and experiences, and thirdly, the caregiver who welcomes the stories of the guests they host.
Chapter Six, “Love is a Wounded Healer,” addresses an ancient question of the frailty of humankind. There is within each of us a space that seeks wholeness and transformation, an area of woundedness which often shows its face in the midst of our caregiving.
“Cultivating the Soul’s Garden,” Chapter Seven, addresses the art of reflection as a fundamental skill for caregivers. An understanding of Soul implies allowing the moment to take root and to reflect on how to nourish and sustain ourselves as caregivers.
Chapter Eight focuses on “Spirituality: The Sinew of Human Experience” where imagination helps one discover meaning, arguing that the essential actions of a caregiver are spiritual.
In Chapter Nine “Practice, Practice, Practice” I explore what a practice is and how caregiving is a spiritual practice. The ordinary becomes spiritual, as inner strengths and values give birth to meaning, insight, and transformation.
The “Soul of Caregiving” concludes with Chapter Ten, “Warning: Our Tank is Almost Empty” which explores compassion fatigue and its two sisters, secondary traumatic stress and burnout. We experience compassion fatigue because we care.