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Burnout: An Epidemic

Burnout: An Epidemic

Cynicism, depression, and lethargy are some of the manifestations of burnout. Burnout is present in about 21-67% of mental health professionals. The ramifications can be devastating for our patients and clients, our clinicians and advocates, and for our agencies and the healthcare system, as a whole. Burnout can and must be prevented. Self-care can and must be promoted. Here are four reasons why.

Preventing Burnout: Self-Care for Clinicians and Advocates

Preventing Burnout: Self-Care for Clinicians and Advocates

Cynicism, depression, and lethargy are some of the manifestations of burnout. Burnout is present in about 21-67% of mental health professionals. The ramifications can be devastating for our patients and clients, our clinicians and advocates, and for our agencies and the healthcare system, as a whole. Burnout can and must be prevented. Self-care can and must be promoted. Here are four reasons why.

In search of a Purpose

In search of a Purpose

Sara, a social work intern, placed in an outpatient clinic, was fortunate enough to come across Ricardo, one of the few field-instructors, who took the time to provide proper supervision and mentorship.  She admired him greatly—he was the smartest person she had ever worked with, in such fashion.  Yet, Sara questioned, “He could be doing so much more.  Why was he content with just a nine-to-five job, getting home and being with his dog and nothing else?  More importantly, is Ricardo happy; is this what I should expect for myself; is this really all there is to life after obtaining a graduate professional degree?"  Sara remained perplexed with this, still, by the end of her internship.

The Dual Advocate

During the past eleven years since entering the field of social work, I have learned that this profession to which I have I felt a strong call has come to mean many things, requiring multiple hats, and a broad skillset.  And these skills required for social work, perhaps like anything else, need to be honed over time, throughout one’s career.  Although I consider myself still quite young in the profession, especially if I consider the big–picture–grand scheme of things, I have become pretty confident that paramount among the skills of social work is the role related to advocacy.

10 tips for supporting someone through emotional pain and loss

"Samantha, a 36-year-old woman, comes to see her clinician after experiencing the devastation of a severe hurricane in her birth country. She brings her 12-year-old daughter, Marilyn, whose father is yet to be found since the hurricane. Her grandmother has been pronounced dead, and one of her siblings is severely injured. Both Samantha and Marilyn sit in the office, sobbing. Samantha is trying to comfort her daughter, but clearly she also needs someone to console her."

Why SWEET supports social workers and other health professionals?

Before now, the question, “Why SWEET?” has never been fully articulated in this way. But, consider a day in the life of a busy healthcare professional. It is almost, always, far from business as usual.  Deadlines, stress provoking decisions, patients and clients waiting to be seen, and unexpected surprises become the norm, more so than the exception. If you consider front line clinicians, often out in the field, the situation can be even more complex.