ERIC Number: ED298368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Combating Counselor Burnout: The Use of Right and Left Brain Applications.
Nelson, Eileen S.
It is not uncommon for counselors to experience professional burnout due to a combination of circumstances including, among other things, unrealistic expectations, frustration, and a heavy workload. Society in general and schools in particular tend to emphasize accountability, measurable achievements, and quantitative results. This places a premium on systematic left brain thinking, but this pressure also contributes to counselor burnout. Through the use of fantasy into the future exercises, counselors can use their right brain imaginative and creative talents to enhance their self-esteem and to identify their values and goals. By synthesizing these right brain inputs with left brain logic and systematic planning, counselors can combat burnout and contribute to their own well-being and the successful treatment of their clients. (Excerpts from the script of a Future Projection Fantasy is provided as an example of a simple exercise that can be used as a model.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Chicago, IL, March 20-23, 1988).