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Employee Burnout and Self-Care

October 27 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm EDT

registration deadline 10/20/2023

Location: Online


According to the Department of Employment & Development, indicators show that over 15% of mental health and addiction professionals are predicted to leave their profession in the next year. Concepts of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma are not novel to the addiction profession, but many professionals still report an inability to prevent or rebound from burnout. Building resilience for all helping professionals must include professional empathic skill building, an individualized self-care maintenance plan, and vicarious trauma prevention strategies. In this training, participants will engage in discussions centered on the ethical commitment of caring for oneself as an addiction professional.


Samson Teklemariam, LPC, CPTM is an industry thought leader with a track record for leading large-scale transformations that generated new thinking, shifted business models, and disrupted the marketplace. As a catalyst for innovation, Samson constructs clinical leadership models designed to navigate change in the healthcare sector and deliver results that improve quality patient care. He was formerly the Director of Training and Professional Development for NAADAC. He is a certified lead trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA) and experienced in treating trauma-related disorders using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) and Seeking Safety.


  • 9am – 10:30am: Introduce the most common signs and symptoms of employee burnout in healthcare
  • 10:45am – 11am: BREAK
  • 11:00am – 11:45am: Discuss the 8 domains of self-care and crosswalk employee burnout in healthcare to employee burnout in addiction treatment and recovery
  • 11:45am – 12pm: Complete self-care maintenance plan activity
  • 12pm – 1pm LUNCH
  • 1pm – 2:30pm Begin building an individualized vicarious trauma prevention toolkit, beginning with self-assessments
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm BREAK
  • 2:45pm – 3:30pm Intervention strategies for healthcare resilience
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm Recovery principles and industry-specific best practices for self-care of the addiction professional

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will examine practical applications for the 8 domains of self-care in systems of addiction treatment and recovery.
  • Participants will be able to build an individualized vicarious trauma prevention toolbox that will include prevention skills, intervention strategies, and recovery steps.
  • Participants will acquire industry-specific best practices for self-care of the addiction professional.