Psychologists engaged in clinical work, like all health professionals, are subject to multiple demands and stressors that at times in their careers can lead to burnout. These stressors include emotional labor of building and maintaining relationships with clients (i.e., attending to their distress, monitoring and regulating one’s own feelings); risk of secondary traumatization in hearing clients’ stories of suffering; and more. In this article, we focus on psychologists’ health and well-being, personal and organizational contributors to professional health or burnout, and the mutual influence of both the individual and organization on achieving sustainability.
- Describe the relationship between burnout and well-being.
- Assess individual and organizational best practices for promoting psychologist well-being.
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