DSW Candidate – Sarah Coyle, LCSW, 10:30AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Banishing Burnout: Collective Traumas and Their Impact on Social Workers

DSW Candidate – Sarah Coyle, LCSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

10:30AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Banishing Burnout: Collective Traumas and Their Impact on Social Workers

Collective traumas, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or racial and political unrest, have had an undeniable presence in our society over the past couple of years. Social Workers are left with a double exposure to such events as they face them alongside the rest of their community in their personal life, and again in their professional life as they respond to these social stressors and help others cope. This double exposure to collective traumas imposes a greater risk of burnout, which is already one of the biggest occupational hazards in the field of Social Work.
This Capstone presentation explores the causes of burnout among social workers, micro and macro impacts it can have, and previous attempts to mitigate burnout. Additionally, it introduces an alternative solution utilizing a Multidimensional Theory that mitigates burnout before its effects have a chance to reach social workers and the communities in which they serve in. This presentation will also discuss the implications that adopting such approach can have on the field of Social Work and share both the strengths and limitations of this proposed method.
This presentation on collective traumas and their impact on social workers will provide the audience a chance to engage in positive change for the social work community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the causes and effects of burnout on social workers, organizations, and communities
  2. Participants will be able to discuss previous solutions to address the problem and explore alternative proactive solutions
  3. Participants will be able to examine strengths and limitations of adopting alternative approach and identify stakeholders

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.