Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Mindful approaches to preventing therapist burnout with Dr. Chris McCurry

Dr. Chris McCurry

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Chris McCurry for a three-hour webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus on the application of ACT for preventing therapist stress and burnout.


Providing therapy is just such an emotionally demanding work situation. As clinicians, we are vulnerable to this physical and emotional exhaustion. Other common signs and symptoms of burnout include irritability, discouragement, sense of low personal accomplishment. Burnout can lead to reduced attention and concentration within session, poor decision-making, practice management errors, and compromised therapeutic relationships.

In this 3-hour 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 will be provided.

About the Presenter

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 had the privilege of studying with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy cofounder Steve Hayes, in the early days of ACT. 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.

Learning Objectives

Participants at this event will:

  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.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 3.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (included with purchase)
  • $60 to attend
    • Includes access to the recording and presentation materials, and CEU’s.

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.


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