Mental Health Professionals —
Questioning Burnout in our Profession
and Looking at Another Way
My personal experience in both the university setting as a student and employee and in the clinical environment is that those that have been in the field of mental health the longest are the people that will train, supervise, mentor & support those that have been in the field for a shorter period of time. When you look at it like this there seems there is no hope for the “mental health field”. According to the research we are in a situation where those that are no longer humanistic towards mental illness, who don’t enjoy working with patients, who don’t feel successful, are the ones responsible for training the future mental health workers”. That DOES NOT make sense to me! This will guarantee an ongoing epidemic!
This course will explore the reasons why as professionals it is common to become disillusioned with the field, stop genuinely caring about our clients, take on our client’s problems, fail to consider our own well-being as important and possibly reach burnout. Strategies will be discussed to support attendees to understand and change their often well-intended yet unknowingly self-harming patterns. The information will offer attendees a new way of being that when applied will lead to true support for themselves and thus support their clients in a way that is truly healing!
“The longer one works in the mental health field:
- The less they liked working with patients
- The less successful they felt with their clients
- The less humanistic were their attitudes toward mental illness”
(Prosser; Johnson; Kuipers; Szmukler, 1996)
What you will learn
This course will support people to first understand why people use certain behaviours and with this information support positive behaviour change in self or other people.
The focus of this workshop will be on teaching new positive behaviours to respond to life, and preventative strategies as opposed to reactive strategies (only responding once the unwanted behaviours have occurred). Use of real case examples and the opportunity to practice learned strategies will allow participants to develop a true understanding that can be integrated into your every-day-life.
Who should attend?
- Any person who would like to develop a greater understanding of why unwanted behaviours occur to support with true and lasting behaviour change in yourself or in any other person.
- Employees from: Education Services, Disability Services, Mental Health Departments, Medical Services, Justice Departments, Welfare Agencies, Residential Support Networks, Legal Services & other Health & Human Services
- Supporters of people who use unwanted behaviours including parents, partners, siblings, grandparents, relatives and friends.
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