Wellness: An Ethical Responsibility for Mental Health Care Providers

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This class meets Wisconsin’s requirements for ethics and professional boundaries for continuing education for helping professionals.

Even prior to the COVID pandemic, healthcare providers faced an inordinate amount of stress as evidenced by the alarming prevalence of burnout symptoms for both trainees and practicing providers. This stress is amplified for providers who are part of groups that have been underrepresented and discriminated against in medicine. Affecting both personal and professional domains, burnout may be associated with a decrease in professionalism, a greater number of mistakes, substance use and mood disorders. In this workshop, we will review empirical research on burnout and wellness with an emphasis on practical applications of this work. Two case studies of service implementation for wellness support in large academic health systems will be discussed.

Participants will also engage in hands-on learning activities identifying how provider burnout impacts them individually and how burnout impacts and is impacted by the systems in which they work. Participants will have opportunities to identify their burnout symptoms and to set goals to enhance their wellbeing and improve their day-to-day delivery of mental health care services. Opportunities to discuss systems-level interventions with colleagues will be provided as well as opportunities to try out a variety of wellness interventions such as mindfulness and gentle yoga. Options to participate in wellness activities, including gentle yoga and mindfulness exercises, will be provided. Cameras do not have to be on during these activities and participants may choose self-guided wellness activities.


Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the research on mental health care provider burnout
  • Recognize how research on wellness can be applied to provider burnout
  • List ways they are impacted by provider burnout
  • List ways to decrease their burnout and increase their wellbeing

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Overview: Extra Information

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This course is eligible for a discount provided by Resilient Wisconsin and the Department of Health Services

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 6
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .6
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Licensed Professional Counselors 6

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Meghan Wilhelmi at meghan.wilhelmi@wisc.edu or 608-263-2829

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Meet your instructor

Erri C. Hewitt


is a licensed clinical psychologist who helps her patients optimize their mental health and wellbeing by offering them scientifically-supported approaches to mental health care that are tailored to their individual needs. Erri specializes in working with women in the pre- and postpartum periods, children and families coping with emotion and behavioral problems, and people who are adjusting to chronic illness and injuries. Erri has experience with cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. In addition to directly working with patients, Erri lectures on mental health care and teaches residents and interns at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.