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Counselor Education

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Dawnette Cigrand


Over 40 years after Freudenberger (1975) introduced the term, burnout remains a critical concern among mental health clinicians. Many researchers in recent decades have focused their attention upon burnout prevention, exploring the practices of clinicians, and proposing the possible factors at-play in counselor, therapist, and social workers’ resiliency in the face of vicarious trauma, and other burnout factors. Mindfulness is a growing area of interest in this course of study, with yoga, meditation, and visualizations as some of the exercises associated with the practice and its apparent benefits. This qualitative study examined mindfulness as a component of mental health clinician self-care and burnout prevention. In so doing, this study assessed clinician mindfulness practice through a survey and qualitative interviews, and then deployed the Maslach Burnout Inventory (1981) to triangulate findings and consider future study on this topic. The findings illuminate mindfulness practice as a valued component in the clinician’s arsenal of burnout prevention tactics.

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