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Parenting Services Burnout: How It Happens & How to Prevent It

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

One morning over breakfast, Laura started crying. Sobbing, she looked at her husband and said, “I don’t know what’s happened to me. I used to love working with parents, but now I think I need to quit my job.”  Laura has been a home visitor 6 years. At first she totally loved her work. She got up each morning filled with energy and optimism about what the day would bring. Over time, things changed. Funding cuts led to larger caseloads. She could barely keep up with her families, paperwork and parenting assessments. Demands on her supervisors’ time increased so much that they rarely met anymore. Laura stopped taking time off, feeling like she just couldn’t because there was so much to do. Sometimes the families she worked with blurred into a mass of never-ending needs and she started wishing they’d just leave her alone. She was always tired, no matter how much sleep she got. She felt as though no matter how hard she worked or how many hours she put in, things never got better. She couldn’t remember anymore what it felt like to be excited about her work.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting services, parenting stress, staff burnout, burnout prevention