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Pouring from an Empty Cup:

The Ethics of Burnout & Self-Care. 2 Ethics CEs

January 28, 2022

This presentation qualifies for 2 Ethics CEs

Self-care has become quite the buzzword in the past few years, and as mental health professionals we often talk to our clients about self-care and wellness. But self-care is essential to mental health professionals too – both as an aspect of best practices as well as an ethical imperative. Without self-care, practitioners are vulnerable to a variety of mental and physical health consequences, including burnout. Increased demand for mental health services, inadequate resources, and external stressors (just to name a few) can leave practitioners feeling stretched beyond their limits. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the ethics of self-care and burnout, as well as assess their own levels of burnout and reflect on their own self-care strategies.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Michelle Stone received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2014 and has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 2018. She spent seven years at the Sam Houston State University Counseling Center, wearing many different hats – practicum coordinator, assessment coordinator, supervisor, therapist, group therapist, and LGBTQ+ advocacy program leader. In August 2021 she joined Cypress Counseling and Psychotherapy, where she now does individual therapy with adults as well as assessment for ADHD, learning disabilities, and personality assessment. 


1) Participants will be able to identify four key ways of avoiding ethical pitfalls and apply these to burnout.

2) Participants will be able to define burnout as well as name various sources and consequences of burnout.

3) Participants will assess their own level of burnout via group discussion and a brief survey.

4) Participants will be able to discriminate between wellness and coping and identify areas in each where they can improve their own self-care plans.