ACT for Burnout

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Debbie Sorensen, PhD Psychologist, author, and cohost of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast

About This Course

Burnout – the phenomenon of feeling exhausted, disconnected, or ineffective – is all-too-common in an era of overwork, chronic stress, and unrelenting pressure.

People who are engaged in meaningful, yet demanding roles, such as caregivers, parents, social justice advocates, healthcare/mental health providers, or other professionals, may be at higher risk of experiencing burnout. And for members of marginalized groups that have been disproportionately impacted by systemic oppression and life stressors, the risk of burnout may be higher still.

For therapists, who may themselves experience burnout at times, helping clients with burnout can be a challenge. Often, the factors that contribute to burnout exist outside of the client's control.

They might work in an environment where they aren’t being treated well, where they feel underappreciated, or where they don't have the ability to “recharge their batteries.” This can leave clients knowing they are experiencing burnout while feeling stuck and unable to do anything about it.

Traditional approaches promote mindfulness and self-care as a solution, but may fall short of adequately addressing the contextual factors and add extra burden on clients to “fix” the problem.

All too often, workplaces provide ineffective, overly-simplified responses to burnout-related distress that can leave clients frustrated and cause burnout to persist.

And the cost can be high in terms of productivity, health, and quality of life.

In this live online course, you’ll learn an approach that directly addresses the personal, professional, cultural, and systemic factors that contribute to burnout, and provides a method for working with these issues in-context. You’ll leave this course with a deeper understanding of the many layers of burnout, and learn answers to difficult questions, such as:

  • What does burnout look like clinically?
  • How is burnout different from chronic stress and depression?
  • How does burnout manifest differently from person to person?
  • How does burnout extend beyond the workplace?
Over four sessions, Dr. Debbie Sorensen will show you how to identify the systemic factors that contribute to burnout, as well as the thoughts, emotions, and unhelpful behavior patterns (such as disengagement, procrastination, avoidance, or overwork) that may emerge in response to burnout-related psychological distress.

Through in-depth discussion and experiential exercises, you’ll learn how to utilize clinical practices from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) to help clients respond more effectively to burnout in ways that align with their goals and values. And you’ll build flexible treatment strategies that help clients navigate their thoughts and emotions with more self-compassion, and help them recharge and fully engage with meaningful work.

Join this live online course and gain the understanding and confidence to help your clients work through burnout and reconnect to their lives with energy and vitality.

This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Session 1: August 25, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Introduction to the burnout phenomenon
Burnout in Context
Session 2: September 1, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
A contextual-behavioral framework for understanding burnout
Case conceptualization – clinical presentations of burnout
Session 3: September 8, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Responding to burnout with acceptance and awareness
Fostering perspective-taking and self-compassion
Session 4: September 15, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Recharging from burnout: Reconnecting with values and taking values-based action
Addressing burnout with system-level change

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Define burnout, and differentiate burnout from depression, stress, and related phenomena.
  2. Discuss the systemic, cultural, and contextual factors that may contribute to the experience of burnout.
  3. Describe ways to conceptualize complex clinical cases, using a contextual-behavioral perspective.
  4. Apply processes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy in therapeutic treatment of burnout.
  5. Discuss ways to help clients who experience burnout to reconnect with values and engage in effective action.
  6. Address burnout factors at the systemic level.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 8 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 8 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists:Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
  • Nurses:Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
  • Educators:Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.




All levels of Mental Health Professionals

Recommended Reading



Bond, F. W. & Bunce, D. (2000). Mediators of change in emotion-focused and problem-focused worksite stress management interventions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 5, 156-163.

Hayes, S. C., Bissett, R., Roget, N., Padilla, M., Kohlenberg, B. S., Fisher, G., Masuda, A., Pistorello, J., Rye, A. K., Berry, K. & Niccolls, R. (2004). The impact of acceptance and commitment training and multicultural training on the stigmatizing attitudes and professional burnout of substance abuse counselors. Behavior Therapy, 35, 821-835.

Dean, W., Talbot, S., & Dean, A. (2019). Reframing Clinician Distress: Moral Injury Not Burnout. Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS, 36(9), 400–402.

Kroska, E. B., Roche, A. I., Adamowicz, J. L., & Stegall, M. S. (2020). Psychological flexibility in the context of COVID-19 adversity: Associations with distress. Journal of contextual behavioral science, 18, 28–33.

Nagoski, E., Nagoski, A. (2020). Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. New York, NY: Ballantine Books

Hayes, S.C., Strosahl, K., Wilson, K., (2016) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, Second Edition. New York, NY: Guilford

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.