A recent survey indicated that 65 percent of individuals working in higher education were suffering from burnout, and a whopping 85 percent were performing work at a level that was not sustainable. The field we work in is so important and can be draining at times. Taking care of ourselves often becomes placed on the back burner when in reality it should be placed in the foreground. This webinar is designed to provide psychoeducation on what compassion fatigue and burnout are, teach warning signs of compassion fatigue and burnout, and educate on ways to cope with and decrease the impact of workplace stress to overcome compassion fatigue and burnout.
In addition to the opportunities and challenges that we experience by working in higher education, for the past two-plus years we have collectively experienced a global pandemic that changed the way that we work and live, often blurring the lines between work and "not work." The workshop facilitator, a behavioral neuroscientist and community college administrator, begins with an introduction to the origins of stress research and how the underlying biological mechanisms of stress impact our behaviors, moods, and health. By understanding that our bodies have evolved to deal with threats acutely, yet we have found ways to activate the same systems chronically, participants explore strategies for disrupting the maladaptive results of chronic stress. They also explore ways to adapt to successive Zoom meetings and sedentary work environments, engage in relaxation techniques and exercise, and plan their days to include self-care.