The Ethics of Burnout: Identifying & Addressing Systemic Barriers to Self-Care & Work-Life Balance in Clinical Psychology Trainees
This webinar reviews the empirical literature on burnout in clinical psychology trainees and identifies the ethical imperatives for us as a field to identify and address systemic barriers to self-care by putting reasonable and universal constraints on the work load of trainees, so that no trainee is penalized for working “less” in order to sustain work-life balance. The direct negative impact of burnout in health service psychology professionals on patient care is emphasized.
Participants are encouraged to consider their organizational demands and expectations of trainees and to think about ways to reduce demands on trainees while providing sustained excellent patient care.
- Delineate the work load demands and expectations of clinical trainees at their institution.
- Describe the importance of work-life balance and self-care in professional psychology and the risks to both practitioners and patients when self-care is compromised.
- Identify systemic barriers to self-care in clinical psychology trainees.
- List specific steps that can be taken to reduce systemic barriers to self-care and to provide sustained excellent patient care.