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Is It Burn Out or Moral Injury

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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This timely and important webinar will define and look at burn out versus moral injury.  The term “burnout” is a relatively new term, first coined in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, in his book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. He originally defined burnout as, “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one's devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”  The term burn out, quite often does not accurately describe what’s going on with regard to domestic violence advocates.  Burn out suggests a failure of resourcefulness and resilience. This webinar will help us understand the critical difference between burn out and moral injury.  It will help us see how burn out in and of itself is a symptom of something larger.  It will guide us in strengthening our resilience and more accurately understand the impact of the work we are doing on our well-being as advocates.

Presenter: Bonnie Duran, University of Washington, Schools of Social Work and Public Health, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

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