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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Professional Burn-Out Study

Burnout is an increasingly prominent phenomenon that exists within helping professions due to the nature of the work required by them. Initially a deep look into burnout and the factors that contribute to it are explored. Consequences of burnout are compartmentalized into organizational and personal components to build support for the current study. Risk factors that predispose an individual or establish an environment that encourages higher levels of burnout are then examined. A general look at helping professionals and the impact burnout has on each is then followed by a specific look at the population of mental health counselors which leads into the current study. A sample population of mental health counselors working in an agency setting has been assessed for level of burnout using the Counselor Burnout Inventory. Further analysis has compared current findings to those of the creator of the Counselor Burnout Inventory to test the validity of the clusters that were found to be present when the inventory was initially utilized. This investigation of burnout is concluded through a detailed discussion of findings as well as a look into the limitations of the study and suggestions for further research.

Presenter: David Luce (College at Brockport) -- dluce1@brockport.edu
Topic: Counseling Education - Panel
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 9:45 am (Session I)