The Stretch Towards Resilience-A Different Look at Leadershi
Contributing factors of professional development for an oncology social worker has been the focus of many articles. However, sustaining connection to the work throughout one's professional trajectory can be tenuous at times which can result in burn out and compassion fatigue. Many studies have focused on the factors that contribute to burnout of clinicians working in oncology that examine why staff burn out while fewer have examined the factors that keep oncology social workers engaged in the field. The focus of this talk will be to look at the mid-career oncology social worker that do not want to leave oncology but are looking at ways to renew their connection to their work and professional development. Cultivation of flexibility is the cornerstone to resilience and subsequently longevity in the field. Case examples include the application of clinical skills in other areas of care and connection to leadership opportunities will be presented.
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