Lucas Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Transitioning To Stability
Dr. Sherman A. Lucas IV
Life Coach and Professional Consultant on Compassion Fatigue and Practitioner Trauma
Bio and Professional Summary
Sherman A. Lucas, Ed.D, is a twenty-year social worker/mental health practitioner who has a plethora of experience working within diverse clinical settings practicing psychotherapy and mental health. He has worked as a professional social worker within multiple states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Dr. Lucas has over 20 years of service as a mental health professional working in County, State, and non-profit organizations. He has over 15 years of serving as a direct mentor of at-risk youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems. Dr. Lucas has worked in management supervising employees and ensuring the populations being served receive the best clinical care. As a mental health practitioner, he has provided a range of therapeutic approaches (e.g. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Insight Oriented, and Systems Approach). Dr. Lucas has provided office based and in-home counseling and assessments. He has provided support and education to families regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and medication management: designed and implemented strength-based treatment plans with clients and their families; and at times, facilitated the removal of children from homes due to substantiated abuse and neglect.
Dr. Lucas is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is a devoted dad to his 3 lovely children. He is a proud graduate from three distinguished universities: South Carolina State University (Bachelor of Social Work), University of South Carolina (Master of Social Work), and Point Park University (Doctorate of Education, Administration & Leadership). Dr. Lucas's personal journey, education, experience, and deep passion for helping others is a testament that shows others that anything is attainable through hard work, discipline, and determination despite the difficulty of life's challenges.
Transitioning to Life's Challenges
From moment to moment, life presents itself with an array of hurdles and challenges that we all have to work to overcome. These positive and negative adjustments may often occur suddenly and without warning. As a result, many people may have extreme difficulty with transitioning and coping with these changes, in which a person may experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms.
Dr. Lucas is a well-trained mental health professional who can process with you life's challenges and other crisis situations which can help you make the best decisions for yourself and others. He can assist you with exploring your feelings, so that you can have increased insight of your circumstances and effectively manage your behaviors and emotions. Dr. Lucas's specialized areas include: Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Depression, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Grief/Loss, Impulse Control, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention.
Today, as we all are transitioning to a new way of life due to COVID 19 (Corona Virus), the weight of these stressors, as described above, may have many of us feeling like we're under water and to our breaking point. IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE! Taking the first step to change is always the toughest, so let's take it together. For support, call Dr. Sherman A. Lucas now at 724-826-8034 or email at .
Compassion Fatigue and Practitioner Trauma
Mental health practitioners consistently work with individuals who have experienced traumatic circumstances throughout their lives. These events occur unexpectedly and beyond one’s control where people face abusive situations, witness human suffering, and encounter life-threatening situations that cause injury and increase fear and vulnerability. Mental health direct care practitioners and other helping professions (e.g., medical professionals, educators, and law enforcement) are expected to deliver the highest quality care to many of these traumatized individuals. Because of being extensively involved with them, these professionals may experience added emotional pressures due to working with them over lengthy periods of time that develops into compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is a phenomenon that causes practitioners to experience symptoms related to anxiety, depression, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. In addition, they may experience nightmares, develop dissension within relationships, and encounter physical side effects.
What Can I Do?
My research has found that components associated with compassion fatigue adversely affect many individuals across an array of multi-disciplines. As a mental health professional, I can personally relate to the struggles of compassion fatigue. Let me help you increase your knowledge on this problematic issue and work together in exploring personal and professional interventions that may assist you in minimizing this phenomenon.
Please use my contact information below to schedule a life coaching therapy session. In addition, please use my contact information to book my 3 hour training/workshop webinar on Compassion Fatigue and Practitioner Trauma. Bookings must be made 30 days prior to the event.