Beyond Burnout: Finding Balance and Enhancing Resilience

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Burnout, moral distress, and compassion fatigue are well-documented risks we encounter in our work with people facing grief and loss. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can—and often do—wrest personal and professional growth from this challenging and deeply rewarding work. In this webinar we will explore the causes of these risks to us in our clinical work, and identify strategies and techniques for managing and transforming stress, enhancing meaning in the work, and increasing clinical effectiveness. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the key features and causes of burnout, compassion fatigue and moral distress and self-assess on these dimensions
  2. Identify strategies for strengthening resilience and stress-related personal and professional growth
  3. Identify techniques for maintaining emotional balance and empathic attunement in counseling for grief and loss


Dale G. Larson (B.A., University of Chicago, Ph.D, U.C. Berkeley) is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of the Graduate Health Psychology Program at Santa Clara University. A clinician and researcher, he is a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and was Senior Editor and a contributing author for Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America, the national newspaper series that reached 7 million Americans. His publications on end-of-life issues, stress in professional caregivers, grief and grief counseling, and self-concealment are widely cited, both in the scientific literature and in the popular media.  He is the author of The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion and the Challenge of Caring (in press), and is a popular national and international presenter. Dr. Larson was the International Educator for the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement in 2017 and in 2016 received ADEC’s Death Educator Award.  

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