A Daily Drop of Corrosion: How the Daily Experiences in the Justice Professions Can Lead to Burnout

A Daily Drop of Corrosion: How the Daily Experiences in the Justice Professions Can Lead to Burnout
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-06-19
Unit 1 Slide Deck: A Daily Drop of Corrosion
Unit 2 Recording: A Daily Drop of Corrosion

“Stressful” could describe any of the law enforcement professions as they all routinely deal with people in highly charged situations. Additionally, there are stressors that come from operating in a rigid, rules-based system that compound the stress of the vocation itself.

Because the stress is so ever-present each day, it becomes the new normal to the point where those who work in these professions may not even realize the constant stress they are under. But, there is a real danger to the mind and body in constantly operating in a stressful mode.

High levels of stress have a significant negative impact that compounds slowly, over time and, if you’re not careful, it results in burnout which can have a significant impact on the ability to function both on the job and off.

But there is a way to counter much of the negative effects. This webinar will explore the concept of burnout and offer possible ways to counter the effects of stress to prevent it.

During our webinar, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of what burnout is and how it can affect your performance at work.
  • Gain an awareness of the vulnerability to burnout the results from working in the vocation of policing where the badge becomes such a significant part of who you are.
  • Recognize the particular stressors that build up and can lead to burnout – both the stressors of performing the job and the stressors that emanate from the agency that you work for.
  • Learn possible strategies to combat the threat of burnout.

Resources Mentioned During Webinar:

 

Audience Comments:

  • “An amazing webinar. Very impactful. We need more like this. Thank you.” –Wanda
  • “Definitely a positive reminder about how important self-care is relative to secondary trauma for first liners and support personnel. Hearing that what we feel is important to our ability to serve others in our individual roles … thank you!” –Devorrah
  • “Extremely good presentation. The topic of Burn-Out is an often overlooked issue that strikes at the foundations of Law Enforcement (and humanity in general).” –Michael
  • “Great presentation and information. The concepts of resiliency and EQ go hand in hand. Appreciate you sharing your knowledge.” –Thom
  • “Great Webinar. I think it certainly helps to have an educated speaker who was a former Law Enforcement representative discussing “Burnout” they can relate to the issues regarding our chosen profession. Thank you.” –Rick
  • “I have never heard the focus on spiritual wellness in a presentation about officer burnout, and it was amazing. It was wonderful to put this issue right where so many of us know it belongs. We have all experienced those incidents that “take a piece” of our souls. It is so great to have it formally recognized! Thank you for doing this one, and thank you Rich for that great webinar.” –Hazel
  • “I used to have a supervisor who made my law enforcement work very difficult. This supervisor then later told me I had “burnout.” Um, duh. This webinar helped me to sort through this particular difficulty and understand my reaction. The difficult situation resulted in me getting sent to a different unit where I am now doing much better. I thank you for your expertise and time, and am looking forward to “life after LE.” –Catherine
  • “This was one of the most informative webinars I have ever attended. Rich is clearly informed and was well prepared on this important topic. I look forward to communicating with him to further discuss some of the points he made. This is related to my dissertation topic and I am grateful that this webinar was offered. Resiliency is key, and I hope to see a webinar in the future that addresses resiliency in law enforcement and correction officers (other than the generic eat right, work out and don’t isolate).” –Caroline
  • “While I have always believed that there is a genetic component to resiliency, today’s presentation was extremely illuminating in making the connection between resiliency & spirituality. I have always had a strong sense of leading a meaningful life and a strong sense of moral purpose. So being able to connect that spirituality with my high level of resiliency has explained a lot of things for me, makes me feel truly blessed and has enhanced my ability to better interact with and understand others who do not have that.” –Mary Louise
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