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Burnout. Kate Walker, M.A., LPC-I, LMFTA. Burnout – case study. Falling Down. Burnout – a working definition. An emotional exhaustion Syndrome of behavior Consequence of stressful employment Impairment that results in the inability to transcend stressful events

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Kate Walker, M.A., LPC-I, LMFTA

burnout a working definition
Burnout – a working definition

An emotional exhaustion

Syndrome of behavior

Consequence of stressful employment

Impairment that results in the inability to transcend stressful events

A complex configuration of phenomena

burnout symptoms
Burnout - symptoms

emotional exhaustionhlack of any positive feelingsh fatiguehfrustrationhapathyhpsychosomatic illnesseshlistlessnesshemotionally overextendedhdepersonalizationhunfeeling reactions to clientshlack of personal accomplishmenthglassy eyeshfeeling incompetenthanxietyhemotionally worn down

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Burnout - case study

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burnout factors that contribute to counselor burnout

Organizational factors

Nature of client-helper interactions

- perceived inequities

Individual Factors

Over-identification/over-involvement with the client

Therapeutic locus of control

Coping style and needs

Burnout – Factors that contribute to counselor burnout
burnout why is it an ethical issue
Emotional Exhaustion

Depersonalization, unfeeling reactions to clients

Lack of personal accomplishment or feeling incompetent at your job

Increased alcohol and drug use

Employee theft

Declining level and quality of service to clients

Boundary issues

Avoidance of involvement with certain types of cases

Burnout – Why is it an ethical issue?
burnout measurement instruments
Burnout – Measurement instruments
  • Maslach Burnout Inventory
  • The Staff Burnout Scale
  • The Tedium Scale
burnout helpful resources
Burnout – Helpful resources


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Burnout – Helpful resources

Seven Salutary Suggestions for Counselor Stamina

  • Selectivity
  • Temporal Sensitivity
  • Accountability
  • Measurement and Management
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Negotiation
  • Acknowledgement of Agency
burnout some prevention measures
Burnout – some prevention measures
  • Avoid overidentification
  • Set boundaries
  • The battle for initiative
  • Clear professional objectives
  • Simple interventions first
  • Maintain a sense of humor
  • Self-care
  • Expect trial and error
burnout references
Burnout - references
  • Arthur, N. (1990). The assessment of burnout: a review of three inventories useful for research and counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 69, 186-189.
  • Cottone, R., & Tarvydas, V. (2003). Ethical and professional issues in counseling (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education .
  • Burnout in the workplace self-test. Retrieved September 30, 2004, from http://www.baptisteast.com/WOR004.cfm
  • Osborn, C. (2004). Seven salutary suggestions for counselor stamina. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82, 319-328.
  • Savicki, V., & Cooley, E. (1982, March). Implications of burnout research and theory for counselor educators. The Personnel and Guidance Journal, 1982, March, 415-419.
  • Truchot, D., & Deregard, M. (2001). Perceived inequity, communal orientation and burnout: the role of helping models. Work and Stress, 15, 347-356.
  • VanAuken, S. (1979, October). Youth counselor burnout. The Personnel and Guidance Journal, 1979, October, 143-144.