Caring for the Caregivers: How to Mitigate Staff Burnout and Create a Wellbeing Plan

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Frontline staff navigate a multitude of complex client cases that can oftentimes quickly, if not intentionally mitigated, lead to burnout and staff turnover. Family Justice Center leaders have also shared moments of their own compassion fatigue and feeling overwhelmed at leading a multi-disciplinary, collaborative in the trauma field. To provide a framework for mitigating this burnout and creating a wellbeing plan to better care for the caregivers, Lotus Yu and Madge Haynes from the Full Frame Initiative presented on the Five Domains of Wellbeing. Their presentation centered around answering the question, “What are the processes that would allow staff to access and foster wellbeing?” They provided tools for FJC leaders to examine structures and policies that can better support staff wellbeing and mitigate burnout, while also engaging staff to participate in creating their own wellbeing plan.

Keywords: staff burnout, wellbeing, well-being, caring for caregivers, burnout