As a psychologist working in a college counseling center--a fairly demanding position, at least for about 9 months of the year--I was interested in how this workbook would assist with promoting self-care for staff members. Ultimately, however, I found the volume to be rather disappointing. As per the subtitle, what I expected was "self-assessment, self-care, and self-improvement exercises," but in actuality, what author Jeffrey Kottler offers is more of a guided journal model.
For example, in the opening chapter--titled "On Being a Therapist"--Kottler has the reader make a list of what his/her hopes were for becoming a therapist and how those expectations have/have not been satisfied; a few other self-exploratory questions are included as well. Subsequent chapters offer similar open-ended writing exercises designed to connect with the joys of therapeutic work, to identify sources of stress, and to come to terms with disappointments. Some of the exercises (again, all writing-based) also help to establish a greater sense of appreciation for clients and what the individual therapist can learn from them.
Part II of the book, entitled "Taking Care of Yourself," was a bit closer to what I had been expecting. Still, however, most of the "exercises" were mere journaling--e.g., answering questions about a particular client. There were a few more specific suggestions for how to use peer supervision as well as how to avoid/handle burnout, but unfortunately, these sections were relatively brief. Similarly, the last part of the workbook, "Practicing What You Preach," focused on adding fun and joy to the work, but again, it utilized mainly open-ended questioning rather than offer many concrete techniques.
Someone who is interested in self-exploration and who enjoys journal-writing in particular may find this book helpful. However, those who saw the "workbook" part of the title and were expecting a more useful, guided manual are likely to be disappointed.