LCSW Support Group
Most social workers are aware of such terms as “workplace stress” “burnout” and “compassion fatigue”. We also hear advice from other professionals about the importance of “self-care”. However, reported issues of burnout continue to rise in our current era of seemingly endless pandemic, increased professional isolation, and rising public demand for mental health counseling.
Researchers have described burnout as having three complex dimensions, including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization or cynicism, and a sense of reduced accomplishment (Stalker & Harvey, 2002). About 21-67% of mental health workers may be experiencing high levels of burnout, and many burnout prevention and intervention strategies include both personal and organizational work (Morse, et al., 2012).
Utah NASW is responding to these social work practice challenges in part by providing a series of quarterly lunch time programs, led by and designed for LCSW-level social workers, that address such issues as workplace stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. These programs will be offered to social works across the state through zoom, and will offer CUE credits.
In each program, there will be a brief presentation, followed by opportunities for participants to engage in mutual support and dialogue about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have for healing and transformation in our professional practice.
All programs will be held on zoom from noon-1pm.
Proposed dates include:
Wednesday March 2
Wednesday June 1
Wednesday September 7
Wednesday December 7
Dr. Dave Derezotes is Director of Peace and Conflict Studies in the College of Humanities, Chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Committee, and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. He has published six textbooks and authored numerous articles and presentations. For the last twenty-five years, much of his teaching, practice, and scholarship has been involved in building, testing, and teaching new community practice models.