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Ethics and Boundaries: Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Self Care

The pandemic has caused an increase in workloads and longer waitlists for mental health professionals leading many professionals to work beyond their capacity. Self-care has never been more important.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Oct. 28, 2022 8:30am to 12:30pm
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Understand the importance of self-care

This Ethics session focuses on the importance of self-care and the prevention of compassion fatigue and burnout as a basis of ethical practice. Since taking care of ourselves as clinicians is mandated by ethics codes, it is essential for mental health professionals to consider their self-care practices on an ongoing basis, not only as new professionals but also along one's professional journey. We must take care of ourselves in order to provide competent services to clients. Ethical standards and ethical decision-making will be discussed, including consideration of ethical dilemmas related to compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care. We will outline symptoms to watch for in relation to compassion fatigue and burnout. We will discuss and self-assess self-care practices, as well as consider the impact of the pandemic on self-care, then develop individualized self-care plans.   

Learning Objectives:   

  • Examine the importance of self-care practices and clinician wellbeing including the impact of COVID-19.  
  • Recognize the signs, symptoms, and impact that compassion fatigue/burnout may have on clinician’s personal and professional functioning.  
  • Explore self-assessments clinicians can use to identify compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care strategies  
  • Develop a self-care plan in response to self-assessments and best practices.  
  • Explore the ethical standards and ethical decision making models used by mental health professionals in relation to compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care.  
  • Apply appropriate ethical standards and decision making models to ethical dilemmas associated with compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care in clinical practice.  

This program satisfies the Wisconsin Social Worker’s Ethics and Boundaries requirements for licensing. 

Who should attend

Social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, school psychologists, and other human service professionals


  • Amy Evans

    Dr. Amy Evans, PhD, has her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. As an Associate

    Professor for the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, she trains future counselors in evidence‐based

    practices for working with addictions and co‐occurring mental health issues. She is licensed in Wisconsin as a Professional

    Counselor and Minnesota as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

CEU Information

Participants will earn 4 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

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