Self-Care: The Ethical Imperative for Helping Professionals (Austin Peay State University)
For many helping professionals, the concept of work-life balance is elusive. The spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, financial and time commitment required to manage one’s professional and personal obligations can be overwhelming. Research studies have found that being overwhelmed and feeling stressed can lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, and a lack of professional and personal productivity. More important, burnout can increase feelings of hopelessness, frustration, and despair. In this session, Dr. Shani Collins Woods will educate helping professionals about burnout and inform them of empirically based self-care approaches to prevent burnout. This session will also describe ethical considerations for “burned out” professionals engaged in practice.
1. Explain the most salient factors that influence burnout among helping professionals
2. Explain ethical considerations for burned out in practice settings
3. Describe empirically-based professional approaches to prevent burnout
4. Help professionals develop and implement a self-care plan of action