DSW Candidate – Lee Anna Belton, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Finding Your Way Through the Fire: How Burnout Affects Social Work Supervisors’ Role and Retention

DSW Candidate – Lee Anna Belton, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Finding Your Way Through the Fire: How Burnout Affects Social Work Supervisors’ Role and Retention

In the dynamic landscape of social work, leaders play a pivotal role in ensuring positive outcomes for clients and practitioners. However, the increasing demands and responsibilities placed on social work leaders can lead to burnout, ultimately affecting their efficacy and retention. Despite its prevalence, supervisor burnout remains a largely overlooked issue in the field.

This presentation brings together the results of a systematic literature review that looked at how supervisor burnout affects role efficacy and retention. It showed that there is a big research gap because only three qualifying studies were found. The findings emphasize the critical necessity of addressing leaders’ well-being for organizational success, drawing from the innovative conceptualization developed from established theoretical perspectives to propose a strength-based, relational-cultural, with a trauma-informed lens.

This framework, which was the impetus for introducing a comprehensive toolkit, offers tailored strategies spanning individual and organizational levels to mitigate burnout among social work supervisors, aiming to enhance role efficacy and overall job satisfaction while empowering supervisors to prioritize their well-being and improve outcomes for supervisors and social workers alike.

This presentation underscores the importance of addressing supervisor burnout in social work. Through collaborative efforts and a commitment to supporting the supervisor’s well-being, we can create a more resilient and effective social work workforce.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate and determine the impact of leader burnout and retention on organizational outcomes within social work agencies.
  2. Explore and define strategies that prioritize leveraging strengths and relational cultural theories through a trauma-informed perspective to effectively mitigate supervisor burnout.
  3. Construct and employ effective tools and interventions and enact organizational changes to reduce supervisor burnout and promote the well-being of leaders.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, 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: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.