Consent Form

You are invited to take part in a research study about burnout of clinicians working with sexually violent persons (SVP) in residential and outpatient settings. The title of the study is “Working with sexually violent persons: Grit, the supervisory working alliance, and burnout.” The researcher is asking clinicians who provide direct mental health treatment to SVPs to be in the study. This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part.
This study is being conducted by a researcher named Stalina Harris, who is a doctoral candidate at Walden University. You might already know the researcher as a therapist in one of the facilities, but this study is separate from this role. The data collected is anonymous, and I do not have access to personal information to protect our relationships. There are no conflicts, financial or otherwise that are related to this study or its outcome.
Background Information:
Burnout negatively affects professionals’ emotional and physical wellbeing, the quality of services provided, and the overall organizational climate. Researchers reported that many personal and organizational variables influence burnout. However, research on burnout is inconclusive due to controversial findings reported by scholars. The purpose of this study is to investigate differences in clinicians' burnout in relation to their grit, supervisory working alliance, and the job settings (residential facilities vs. outpatient settings). This study will contribute to the current literature by providing information on how clinicians’ grit, the quality of their supervisory working alliance, and job settings impact burnout.
This study involves the following steps:
complete an anonymous online survey (20-25 minutes)
Here are some sample questions:
“Setbacks don’t discourage me.”
“In supervision, I am more curious than anxious when discussing my difficulties with clients.”
“I feel I have poor boundaries between work and my personal life.”
Inclusion Criteria:
I am inviting all clinicians who provide direct mental health treatment to SVPs in outpatient and secure residential facilities to participate in this research. Participants must be over 18 years old and have an associate or a full license as a sex offender treatment provider. You are encouraged to participate in the study if you are currently working with SVPs or provided treatment to SVPs within the last six months. You are encouraged to participate because there is limited research on burnout of clinicians who work with SVPs.
This study is only for clinicians who work with the population of SVPs. Juvenile sex offenders do not meet the criteria for SVPs. Do not participate if you provide treatment to juvenile and general sex offenders who did not meet the criteria for SVP because your burnout can be different from those who work with SVPs.
Voluntary Nature of the Study:
Research should only be done with those who freely volunteer. So everyone involved will respect your decision to join or not. You will be treated the same at your job, whether or not you join the study. If you decide to join the study now, you can still change your mind later. If there are questions you do not want to answer, you can discontinue at any time. Only fully completed surveys will be used for this study. The researcher seeks 78 volunteers for this study.

Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:
Being in this study could involve some risk of minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life, such as reflecting on your emotional stance or revealing things that are personal. With the protections in place, this study would pose minimal risk to your wellbeing. Should you need immediate assistance, you can call the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-TALK).
This study offers no direct benefits to individual volunteers. The aim of this study is to benefit society by providing information about burnout of clinicians who work with SVPs that can help to improve the wellbeing of these clinicians and increase the quality of services provided by them.
There are no payments for your participation. The researcher is asking to volunteer several minutes of your time to answer the questions.
The researcher is required to protect your privacy. Your identity will be kept anonymous within the limits of the law. The researcher will not ask for your name at any time or link your responses to your contact info. The researcher does not have access to your personal information and will not use your personal information for any purposes outside of this research project. If the researcher were to share this dataset with another researcher in the future, the researcher is required to remove all identifying details before sharing; this would not involve another round of obtaining informed consent. Data will be kept secure by storing files in the password-protected computer and a password-protected cloud drive during research. Because the survey is anonymous, no names or other identifying information will be connected to and kept with responses. Data will be kept for a period of at least 5 years in the password-protected flash drive, as required by the university. After 5 years, data will be destroyed.
Contacts and Questions:
You can ask questions of the researcher by e-mail You can also contact my chairperson and supervisor, Dr. Adrian Warren, by email If you want to talk privately about your rights as a participant or any negative parts of the study, you can call Walden University’s Research Participant Advocate at 612-312-1210. Walden University’s approval number for this study is 11-12-20-0542843 and it expires on November 11, 2021.
You might wish to retain this consent form for your records. You may ask the researcher or Walden University for a copy at any time using the contact info above.
Obtaining Your Consent
If you feel you understand the study and wish to volunteer, please indicate your consent by clicking continue below.