Audio Conference Webinar

Eat, Pray, Love: Self Care and Burnout as a Social Work Professional

DATE: November 27, 2017
TIME: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

CE Hours: 2.0


Ruth Cassidy, LCSW, MDiv

DescriptionLearning ObjectivesIndividual Rates


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 Audience: Social workers,humman services managers and administrators, clergy, students
Primary Content Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • articulate our ethical obligations to ourselves, colleagues and clients as related to burnout

  • define the elements and types of burnout

  • articulate the principles of physical, emotional and spiritual self-care

  • Individual Registration Rates

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    CE Accreditation Information
    NACSW, provider no.1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid through 1/27/18. NACSW maintains responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers id:SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 2.0 continuing education clock hours for participating in this training. It is important for participants to contact their own licensing boards licensing boards to verify that this training meets their requirements for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

    Requirements for Earning CE Contact Hours for an audio conference:
    Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for audio conference workshops include: a) listening in to the two-hour audio conference workshop; b) completing an on-line evaluation of the session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the "open-book" post-workshop quiz for this session. Participants who meet these requirements will be able to download and print out a CE certificate online immediately after submitting the session evaluation and post-workshop quiz.

    Registration Fee and Refund Policy: The registration fee (for non-members only) covers participation in the full conference session, as well as costs associated with producing a continuing education certificate. Upon request via made email or telephone up to one week prior to this session, a registrant will receive a full refund (minus a processing fee). No refunds can be provided after this time.

    Grievance Procedure: Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this regional conference is encouraged to communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after the conference. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

    Accommodations: Please contact NACSW, 888-426-4712, at least 30 days before the event if you would like to request a special accommodation.

    Training Format and Interactivity: Audio conference webinars have been designed so that individuals or groups may participate simply by calling in to a designated telephone number provided by NACSW. In addition, interested participants may simultaneously log into this workshop via their computers or mobile devices to follow the presenter's PowerPoint presentation on-line, see the presenter on screen, and engage in interactive chat during the session. Although this session is a form of distance education, participants have direct access (via their telephones) to the presenter at several intervals during the webinar when participants' phone lines are unmuted to facilitate question and answer sessions with the presenter. In addition, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments via a chat feature embedded in the webinar software, to which the presenter is able to respond during the session. Lastly, presenters' email addresses are made available to participants should they want to contact the presenter after the audio conference webinar.