Spring 2018

Document Type

Poster Session


Social Work


Caroline Shanti, Ph.D., LCSW


social work, burnout, self-care, University of Southern Maine, Thinking Matters Symposium


Prior literature clearly demonstrates that social workers are at a high risk for burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary stress, and vicarious trauma (Kapilistas & Corcoran, 2015) (Kinman & Grant, 2011). Social work programs that have incorporated training on self-care education have found students less stressed and with less burnout. Using Self Care Deficit Theory as a theoretical basis, the purpose of this descriptive quantitative study is explore the ways in which social work students at the University of Southern Maine are incorporating self-care into their education and lives. Students participated in a survey, which measures self-care in multiple domains. Descriptive and inferential statistics are applied using SPSS. A total of 40 students responded and participated in the survey. Students could benefit from a focus on self care in the curriculum, as shown in figure two. Both groups averaged around a score of 3, “I do this ok” with 24 participants stating that, with both 8 participants averaging at a score of 2, “I did this well” and a score of 4 “I barely or rarely did this”.

Start Date

4-20-2018 9:00 AM



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