Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
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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Powell, Victoria G., "Using Dance/Movement Therapy to Educate Hospice Providers on Preventing Burnout: A Method" (2019). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 148.
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