Viral Fatigue: How to Survive Burnout and Thrive in a Toxic World

Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

There is no question that the past two years have produced unprecedented challenges for healthcare workers. Amidst ever changing protocols, social tensions, and political strife, medical professionals, including child life specialists, are reporting significant levels of burnout, emotional exhaustion, and, ultimately, job turnover. Much of the compassion fatigue literature has historically placed emphasis on self-care methods that embrace positive emotions while suppressing their negative counterpart, but could there be a better way? Using the groundbreaking work of best selling-authors and researchers Emily and Amelia Nagoski ("Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle"), and Susan David ("Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive"), this webinar provides a framework for re-examining the so called ‘negative’ emotions of the profession; avoiding the pitfalls of toxic positivity; and embracing emotional agility as an agent for adaptive coping.

Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

1.0 PDU

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize and name the stages of burnout, using both classic theory and current frameworks.
2. Define and understand the impact of toxic positivity in today’s culture.
3. Identify, and then utilize negative emotions as sources of information for appropriate self-care.
4. Develop a plan for regular self-reflection and self-care that increase one’s emotional agility when dealing with negative circumstances.
5. Explore ways of modeling these behaviors for students, colleagues, and even patients/families.

Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.


Bethany Fisackerly

Bethany Fisackerly holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. After internship, she worked clinically (Baptist Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL; UF Health Shands (Gainesville, FL) and in academia (Columbia College, Columbia, SC) before joining Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (Richmond, VA), as the Child Life Supervisor. Bethany Fisackerly is an avid bookworm with a passion for education, who recognizes the need for strong ethical foundations at every professional stage of life. Within the ACLP, she has previously served with the Bulletin Editorial Committee; was an invited attendee for the 2016 Academic and Clinical Summit; and sat on the Practicum Task Force. She currently sits on the Academic and Training Committee. When not at work, she enjoys watercolor painting, cheering on her Florida Gators, and teaching her cat, Rascal, ridiculous tricks. 


Viral Fatigue: How to Survive Burnout and Thrive in a Toxic World
10/12/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/12/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
6 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available