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Prologue: Hearing the Whispers of a Resilient, Compassionate Life Chapter 1. "Come Sit by Me" Chapeter 2. Mining the Fruits of Personal Failure Chapter 3. From a Healthy Distance Chapter 4. Removing the Psychological Cataracts Chapter 5. Profile of a Future Mentor Chapter 6. Simplicity of Serious Self-Care Chapter 7. Embarking on the 3 Essential Inner Journeys Chapter 8. Releasing: A Leap into the Darkness Chapter 9. The Elusive Virtue Epilogue: Hearing the Whispers of a Rewarding Life Appendix I: Reaching Out (and Within)... Without Being Pulled Down: A Personal Weekday Resiliency Retreat Reading Further on Resiliency and Compassion: Books for a General Readership and Professional Caregivers

About the Author

Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Maryland. He has published more than 50 books for professionals and the general public, including Perspective: The Calm within the Storm (Oxford, 2014); Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (Oxford, 2010); and Riding the Dragon. Dr. Wicks has lectured on the importance of resilience, self-care, and maintaining a healthy perspective in Hanoi, Beijing, Port au Prince, Johannesburg, Phnom Penh, and Budapest as well as at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard's Children's Hospital and Harvard Divinity School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff and most recently in Beirut to persons living and working in Aleppo, Syria. He has also served on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association's Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Values. In 2006, he was recipient of the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University. In the U.S. military, Dr. Wicks served as a Marine Corps Officer.


"Night Call is a valuable guide for people who wonder how to help those who suffer and for people worn down by the seemingly endless sickness of those they care for. With stories and words of wisdom, Wicks shows how persistence, compassion and humility heal us all. His book is a great salve." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. "Robert Wicks, a renowned psychologist and specialist in the area of resilience, has written a truly impressive book. In sharing experiences from his own personal and professional life, he has provided remarkable insights about taking care of others while making certain we also engage in self-compassion and self-care in order to avoid disillusionment and burnout. Robert's openness, empathy, and wisdom are apparent on each page as he highlights realistic principles for living a purposeful and meaningful life-a life in which we touch the hearts and souls of others while recognizing the importance of maintaining our own balance and resilience. This is one of those rare works that can serve as a wonderful resource for anyone who has the responsibility for caring for another person while at the same time being relevant for those of us in the helping and healing professions." - Robert Brooks, PhD Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Co-author of The Power of Resilience "Night Call provides an important wake-up call for those of us in health care. Robert Wicks raises our awareness of the importance of tending to our inner peace and resiliency as he states "you can't share what you don't have." The book identifies the need for finding a reflective space and alone time and guides us how to "lean back and reflect." Caring is core to the practice discipline of nursing and this book reminds us that in order to maintain a compassionate presence with our patients and families, we must take the time to care for ourselves. For nurses in academia, the triparte mission of clinical practice, teaching and research can be incredibly synergistic and rewarding yet challenging and exhausting at times. Dr. Wicks gives us tips on how to mentally manage our work, maintain a healthy perspective between work and family and identifies the value of mentors throughout our careers." - M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Yale University School of Nursing "Robert Wicks not only makes me look at my inner self - my goals, my positive and negative thoughts about my work - but also how I can value and learn from the "negative." This book gently and comprehensively leads those reaching out to others in their circle of family and friends, as well as healing and helping professionals, to a heightened sensitivity to the needs of the people they serve-in my case, the ill, dying persons, their caregivers, and the bereaved." - J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, Fellow in Thanatology Psychiatry Faculty Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Author of Helping Grieving People: When Tears Are Not Enough Night Call by Robert Wicks, helps caregivers to slow down, to pay as much attention to themselves and their own needs as they do the needs of those they are serving. Many books will advocate for self-care, but Dr. Wicks shows you how to do it. The conversational tone and lack of psychological jargon can be deceptive. The book is easy to read but filled with seasoned wisdom. A splendid book not only for health-caregivers but also for clergy, for family caregivers and anyone whose focus is on serving the lives of those they love. Deborah van Dusen Hunsinger, PhD Charles W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology Princeton Theological Seminary

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