Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce Through Organizational Strategies

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CEU Course Description:

Burnout has physical and emotional consequences for individuals and impacts their work with clients and within an organization. To fully address burnout, organizations need to adopt strategies that improve their organizational culture and climate to modify the six drivers of burnout: workload, control, reward, community, fairness, and values. This course highlights organization-level interventions to prevent and reduce burnout in behavioral health workers.

Author:  This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number HHSS283201700001 / 75S20319F42002 with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Donelle Johnson served as contracting officer representative.

Recommended Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce Through Organizational Strategies. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP22-06-02-005. Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2022.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Kelly, R. J., & Hearld, L. R. (2020). Burnout and leadership style in behavioral health care: A literature review. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 47(4), 581-600. https://doi. org/10.1007/s11414-019-09679-z 
  2. ?artolovni, A., Stolt, M., Scott, P. A., & Suhonen, R. (2021). Moral injury in healthcare professionals: A scoping review and discussion. Nursing Ethics, 28(5), 590-602. https://doi. org/10.1177/0969733020966776
  3. Ross, A. M., Cederbaum, J. A., de Saxe Zerden, L., Zelnick, J. R., Ruth, B. J., & Guan, T. (2021). Bearing a disproportionate burden: Racial/ethnic disparities in experiences of U.S.-based social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Work, 67(1), 28-40. swab050
  4. Lawrence, J. A., Davis, B. A., Corbette, T., Hill, E. V., Williams, D. R., & Reede, J. Y. (2021). Racial/ ethnic differences in burnout: A systematic review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-13.

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CEU Course Objectives:

  1. Identify burnout in behavioral health workers
  2. Show knowledge of the consequences for individuals and their clients within an organization when a behavioral health worker experiences burnout
  3. Determine tools to combat burnout in the healthcare setting

CE Outline with Main Points:

  1. Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series Overview
  2. Issue Brief
  3. What Research Tells Us
  4. Identifying and Implementing Emerging Strategies to Address Burnout
  5. Examples of Organizations Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions
  6. Resources for Evaluation

Course Level: Introductory

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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