Three members of the Counseling Psychology faculty presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (PACES) Eastern Regional Conference in Plymouth Meeting on April 15. The topic, "Preventing Academic Burnout: How To Stay Cool At School When Your Professional Plate is Full" was created by Dr. James Huber, Dr. Diane Shea, and Lisa Corbin.
The one-hour interactive workshop explored multiple roles and academic demands of faculty who are counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and clinicians, and how they can manage the increased number of overlapping workplace stressors in higher education.
"As counselors and educators, we need to avoid the Caring Paradox" Huber said. “This states, ‘take my advice. I'm not using it!’ and instead practice the self-care suggestions we give to our clients and students every day."
The presentation included 10 practical suggestions for being active and productive in academia while still preventing burnout. Some of their tips included:
- Stop working through lunch
- Take care of your physical health
- Enjoy a passion unrelated to work
- Connect with others
- Nourish your spiritual health
- Workplace balance
- Keep a healthy sense of humor
"We engaged colleagues in fun activities to demonstrate some realistic ways to incorporate self-care into everyday life," Corbin said. “It was a great conference to showcase these tips for preventing burnout.”