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Helping the Helpers: Identifying and Responding to Workplace Burnout

Waking up tired, even after a full night of rest?  Feeling apathetic or overly negative about a job that used to give you incredible amounts of satisfaction?  Despite being given a clean bill of health by your doctor, are you having headaches and other unexplained physical symptoms that are causing you distress? For higher education professionals, the past few years have been especially difficult and as a result, workplace burnout is at an all-time high. The challenge, however, is that even when we feel burned out and exhausted, our students and colleagues still need our support. Participants of this session will learn the dynamics of being a “helper” in a higher education setting, and be able to identify the signs and symptoms of burnout, as well as close “companions” compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Furthermore, you will gain practical strategies for managing both ongoing and acute episodes of stress, including the opportunity to start designing your own burnout prevention plan. Opportunities for questions and discussion will be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 10 - 10:45 AM

Where: Online Zoom Webinar

Speaker: Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC



Robert Scholz, M.A., LMFT, LPCC has served in many clinical and leadership roles over his 25 years working with individuals, families, and organizations. Robert is highly regarded for his work in the crisis management field, and provides consultation and training to many universities, schools, churches, and mental health agencies. Robert worked for over a decade within the Pepperdine Counseling Center, and has been a frequent contributor to the Pepperdine community as a consultant and trainer for the past several years.