Eat, Pray, Love: Self Care and Burnout as a Social Work Professional
DATE: November 27, 2017
CE Hours: 2.0
Ruth Cassidy, LCSW, MDiv
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This presentation will discuss the emotional, psychological and physical risks associated with providing direct social work services to vulnerable populations. It is enormously expensive in personal, professional and institutional costs to provide quality supports and services. Yet the very real and potentially disastrous effects of burnout to those in the helping professions often receive only cursory attention in social work curricula and agency training programs.
The NASW Code of Ethics (2.09 a,b; 4.05 a,b) speaks clearly about the importance of being vigilant regarding our own self-care. Whether it’s the compassion fatigue of over caring, vicarious trauma of being exposed to the pain of our clients, or the countertransference of our own woundedness, being a social worker can become painful, exhausting, lonely and just plan overwhelming.
Burnout is multi-dimensional, complex and insidious in nature. It is important to learn the stressors that make us vulnerable to burnout, as well as the corollary self-care practices. There is not a quick fix or one-size-fits all answer to this serious issue; it requires the courage to engage in true self-reflection and the willingness to reach out to others for care. Learning and re-learning to take small and large steps to nourish ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually is necessary to not only our sense of well-being, but our ability to provide high quality services to our clients.
The first part of this presentation will focus on burnout, what is it and how it affects us. The second half of the presentation will focus on strategies to keep or re-find balance, energy and a sense of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
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Primary Content Level: Intermediate
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