Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatrics (NBP) is an interesting and challenging field to work in. The uncertainty, complexity and chronicity of neurodevelopmental disorders, embedded in a bio-psycho-social context, make NBP different from traditional consultant paeds
In undertaking this work, we are not bulletproof. Early in 2014, we undertook a survey of the NBPSA membership which suggests a cumulative fatigue / burnout over the professional lifespan.
Survey information documents (questions, results, powerpoint) are available by logging in as an NBPSA member.
The primary purpose of this Professional Resilience Program is to keep the fire alive, so that all members can enjoy a full, sustainable professional journey. We want you to continue to grow, continue to learn, and contribute back to this relatively new field of physician practice.
At the same time, we want the children (and their families) to do well, as we become more efficient and effective clinically.
In understanding the potential sources of stress, we have identified two categories:
- Organisational Stress arises from employment context, for example, an administration that does not support this work.
- Personal Stress arises from the type of work that we do, for example, difficult kids with parents in conflict. This leads to considerations of how we adapt to this work, for example, loss of work/home balance, drinking too much, or taking on too much of a child's stressful predicament personally.
The pages accessed from these links contain a set of documents to assist: information both about the sources of stress, and what you can do about it.
We need to learn about this stress. The more we know, the more we are able to know what is in our power (Locus of Control) to change, and what is outside our power to change.
Further Reading contains a set of documents that present an overview, with strategies for what you can do, and ideas of how to evaluate stress.