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The Influence of Emotion Regulation and Empathy Style on Counsellor Burnout

Ethics Approval Number: S191362

Research Team Contact Details

The research team consists of Chief Investigator Professor Ken Greenwood (the University of the Sunshine Coast) and Ms Lisa Van Egmond (Student Researcher).  Please direct questions to:

Chief Investigator
Professor Ken Greenwood
Head of School, School of Social Sciences
Email: ken.greenwood@usc.edu.au
Telephone: (07) 5456 5422
or
Student Researcher
Ms Lisa VanEgmond
Email:  L_V028@student.usc.edu.au

Project Description
Thank you for considering your participation in our project!


The purpose of this research project is to see if there is a relationship between counsellor’s emotion regulation approach, empathy style and counsellor burnout.

It is well documented that burnout is a significant issue for counsellors and can have debilitating results for their wellbeing, client outcomes and for the organisation. 

Although there has been a significant amount of research conducted on strategies for counsellors to remedy and prevent burnout such as self-care, balancing job demands & resources, supervision, peer supervision and health, there has been little research conducted on internal counsellor processes that may influence counsellor burnout.

The intention of this research is to establish if emotion regulation and empathy style influence burnout and if so what sorts of interventions can be established to improve the ongoing wellbeing of counsellors.

You have been invited to participate in this research project because you are a Counsellor, Psychologist, Therapist, Psychotherapist, School Counsellor/Psychologist, Art or Music Therapist.

Participation

If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to complete a survey that will take approximately 15 minutes of your time.

The survey will ask questions such as: “I feel emotionally drained by my work” and “I control my emotions by changing the way I think about the situation I’m in.”

The survey will take place online only and is anonymous.

Your participation in this research project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part you are not required to. If you decide to take part and withdraw mid survey your information will not be used.  If after completing the survey you later change your mind, we are unable to withdraw your information because all information recorded is in a non-identifiable format.  If you have any concerns about this process, please contact Professor Ken Greenwood (contact details at the top of this form).

Your decision to participate (or not), will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of the Sunshine Coast or your organisation as your information is non-identifiable, your honest answers are appreciated.


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