Compassion fatigue, burnout and resilience in occupational therapy: Managing professional self-care (April 25, 2017)

Compassion fatigue, burnout and resilience in occupational therapy: Managing professional self-care (April 25, 2017)


The occupational therapy profession is full of rewards, but it is not without stress. It is important for therapists to understand the concepts of compassion fatigue and burnout and recognize the mechanisms through which they develop. As occupational therapists, we want to help our clients live life to the fullest, but this means that we need to have a plan for professional self-care. (Costa, 2005) All too often, therapists give everything to their jobs and then have little energy left over for their own personal lives and for tending to their own physical and emotional needs. (Skovholt & Trotter-Matthison, 2016) Compassion fatigue is a relatively new term, having first appeared in the nursing literature in 1992 (Joinson, 1992). It is a term that is closely associated with burnout, but with some important differences. Compassion fatigue is a state of tension and preoccupation with traumatized patients by re-experiencing traumatic events, avoiding reminders, and persistent arousal. (Figley, 2002). Burnout is a state of extreme dissatisfaction with one's work that is characterized by excessive irritability, impaired competence, and low energy. A plan for professional self-care will help occupational therapy practitioners to improve resilience. This workshop will be comprised of both didactic material and experiential learning activities. Participants will have the opportunity to self-assess their level of professional quality of life. 

After taking part in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the signs of compassion fatigue and burnout and understand the process of how these develop.
  2. State the essential components of a plan for professional self-care.

This purchase is for individual access to the On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar from April 25, 2017. Access to the recording, handouts and certificate is provided by email immediately following purchase. No cancellations/refunds will be provided once the purchase is completed. Please visit the Webinars FAQ for technical requirements and additional information.

The webinar access expires on September 30, 2022.


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