Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First. Mindful Approaches to Preventing Therapist Burnout

Christopher McCurry, Ph.D.

02/19/2021 at 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop is available for live online streaming only. Participants will be able to communicate with the instructor in real-time during the course of instruction.

NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



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.

In this workshop, we will examine 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.


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

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

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General Information:

Handout Materials

Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than February 12, 2021, one week prior to workshop date. Printed handout materials are not available for purchase as this CE training is being offered remotely.

Workshop Location

Live, virtual webinar via Zoom

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

NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop. Please email us at


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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 Science, 6, 4, 380-390.

Schaufeli, W. B., & Greenglass, E. R. (2001). Introduction to special issue on burnout and health. Psychology and Health, 16, 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.

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