The importance of distinguishing system and individual responsibility regarding the need for profess
Compassionate training from Elizabeth Wilde McCormick and Anthea Millar, into the impacts of trauma, empathy concepts, risks and types, natural windows of tolerance between hyper/hypo arousal for all therapists, was an absolute gift in understanding the inner world of therapist self care.
However, professional 'burnout' is caused purely by toxic systems. It's an impossible task for individual therapists to 'selfcare-away' the troubles of the system.
This leads me to thinking further about how important it is to distinguish 'burnout' from other types of mental health professional lived experience of mental ill health, from secondary or vicarious trauma or a resurgence in their own previous trauma, or a new trauma outside of work, to identify where the system must take responsibility.