Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT


Burnout is a clinical condition that an individual may experience whenever they are in a constant state of stress. It is categorized by three groups of symptoms: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and negative self-evaluation of personal achievement (Rizo-Baeza et al., 2017, p. 19). This inquiry investigated the impact of burnout on hospice professionals and volunteers through researching previous literature. The research led to the development of a psychoeducational, body-based method with a Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) foundation. This preventative method was implemented in two separate workshops for hospice professionals and volunteers at a Massachusetts-based hospital system. Results indicate a need for training in the creation and implementation of a self-care plan, an individually-motivated action plan targeted to improve the four areas of well-being (physical, intellectual, emotional, and social/spiritual), as well as workplace psycho-social support in the hospice system.

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