Erikson Institute

Self-Care for the Social Worker: An ethical practice for preventing burnout

Audience: social workers, social work supervisors, and mental health practitioners. This 3-hour workshop satisfies the mandatory ethics training for social work licensure renewal in Illinois.
3 Ethics CEUs. Register by October 15, 2021.

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Throughout the corona virus pandemic, social workers have been inundated with persons seeking help as rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse have risen. How does a social work practitioner thrive when they are professionally  overwhelmed,  and at risk of compassion fatigue and burnout?  Further, the NASW code of ethics recent emphasis on self-care as an ethical practice poses another challenge to social workers: how can they integrate self-care into their professional practice?   

In this workshop, attendees will explore how reflective practice is self-care, and can facilitate active coping skills which can reduce burnout. Attendees will be asked to think critically about what they do, why they do it, how their practice both reflects and affects who they are, and what they believe about people’s struggles and change process.  

Further, attendees will learn how to: 

  • Recognize the connection between ethical social work practice and self-care 
  • Identify factors that contribute to professional burnout 
  • Discover how to use reflection to support self and others 
  • Compare what reflective practice is and is not 
  • Name tools that support professional resilience 
Dr. Cassandra McKay-Jackson, PhD, LCSW
Catherine Murray, MSW, LCSW, I/ECMH-C
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