Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Mindful Approaches to Preventing Therapist Burnout
Presented by Christopher McCurry, Ph.D.
3 Homestudy CE Credits

Approved for Nevada Psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs.
NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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About the Workshop

Burnout: “A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that result from long-term involvement in work situations that are emotionally demanding” (Schaufeli & Greenglass, 2001). Clinical psychology is just such an emotionally demanding work situation. As clinicians, we are vulnerable to this physical and emotional exhaustion as well as other signs of burnout such as irritability, discouragement, sense of low personal accomplishment, reduced attention and concentration within session, poor decision-making, and compromised therapeutic relationships.

This pre-recorded workshop examines the sources of burnout, along with the related concepts of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Through questionnaires, self-report measures, and discussion we will consider our vulnerabilities and risks for burnout. We will identify life domains where we can develop “career-sustaining behaviors” that will not only reduce or prevent burnout but will greatly enhance our work satisfaction and effectiveness. A variety of strategies for monitoring and managing burnout will be introduced, with particular attention to recent contributions from mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies. A bibliography of relevant journal articles and books is provided.

 Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1.Identify the various manifestations of burnout and how they can impact both personal and professional well-being.
2. Assess their own risks for burnout within specific aspects of personal and professional life.
3. Develop and implement a plan for career-sustaining behaviors.

About the Speaker

Chris McCurry, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Chris received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy cofounder Steve Hayes, in the early days of ACT. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is the author of two books, one for parents and one for clinicians; Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance (2009) from New Harbinger Publications, and Working with Parents of Anxious Children: Therapeutic Strategies for Encouraging Communication, Coping & Change (2015) from W.W. Norton. Along with coauthors Sheri Turrell and Mary Bell, Chris saw the publication of ACT for Teen Anxiety, from New Harbinger, in 2018. Dr. McCurry's CV


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

General Information

Access to Webinar/Handout Materials

This is a 3-hour pre-recorded homestudy presentation. Electronic copy of handout materials will be sent out by email to attendee after registration is completed along with link(s) to view pre-recorded webinar.

Refunds & Grievance Policies
Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 02/05/2021.

Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Additional Information
Live auto captions will be provided for this event. If you need additional disability-related accommodations, please contact us by email us at [email protected] or by phone (888) 654-0050. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of workshop date.

Di Benedettoa, M. & Swadling, M. (2014). Burnout in Australian psychologists: Correlations with work-setting, mindfulness and self-care behaviours. Psychology, Health & Medicine19, 6, 705–715.

Rudaz, M., Twohig, M. P., Ong, C. W., & Levin, M. E. (2017). Mindfulness and acceptance-based trainings for fostering self-care and reducing stress in mental health professionals: A systematic review. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science6, 4, 380-390.

Schaufeli, W. B., & Greenglass, E. R. (2001). Introduction to special issue on burnout and health. Psychology and Health16, 501-510.

Rupert, P. A. & Dorociak, K. E. (2019). Professional Self-Care, Stress, and Well-Being Among Practicing Psychologists. Psychology: Research and Practice, 50, 5, 343–350.

Simionato, G. K. & Simpson, S. (2018). Personal risk factors associated with burnout among psychotherapists: A systematic review of the literature.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74, 1431–1456.

Additional Information

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.