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Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. He currently oversees a staff of 60 and a $14 million budget. ACA has more than 52,000 members. Rich has worked for ACA for 31 years, 21 of which as the Association’s CEO. He is also the President of the American Counseling Association Foundation.
The potential of counselor burnout intensified with covid-19, racism, and police brutality. The impact of these issues on society overall has been devastating. This keynote examines how counselors can understand this added stress and provides information on ways to overcome these challenges.
Our society is in the midst of experiencing an increased divisiveness, discrimination, bullying, and both natural and person made disasters which are leading to increased stress. Professional counselors, counselor educators, and emerging counselors realize that their members, and they themselves, are impacted by these issues. Time and time again, we are reminded of the importance of counselor self-care. Over the years, ACA has devoted books, articles, a website section, blogs, and conference presentations to the need for counselors to take care of themselves. These resources point out that professional counselors need to approach their work in the same way that flight attendants instruct us to use oxygen masks in case of an emergency: put your mask on first before helping others.
Counselors must take care of themselves at all stages of their careers – from trainee to seasoned professional. Not doing so makes you vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Giving too much of yourself without attending to professional stressors can cause you to leave the profession you love. This presentation will take a holistic approach to the various components of self-care. It will also speak to the need to set appropriate boundaries and find meaning in life. The goal of this presentation is to enable you to have a long, productive, and fulfilling career as a professional counselor.