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Title: Article Review of three case studies showing the common factors of burnout the school counselors....

Article Number: EC2/2015/087

Authors: Fides A. Urbiztondo

Topic: Psychology


In this article review highlighted the common factors of burnout experienced by the school counselors. Burnout is an on going predicament which gained several recommendations from the the case studies and had used different methods of affirming the existence of burnout in school counselors career.


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  • petrus (Pete) (Viewer) 17th Nov 2015 - 2:59 PM
    Very interesting subject: I would like to ask the following two questions please:
    1) What is the difference between stress and burnout?
    2) Should a counselors feel the warning signs of impending burnout how will one prevent that?

    All the best
    • Fides A. Urbiztondo (Author) 18th Nov 2015 - 1:18 AM
      Thank you Pete for your questions. Please find below my answers as follows:
      1) Burnout and stress are quite linked but they are not exactly the same. If you are stressed out you may experience easily being annoyed; easily get angry, anxious, worried, like you want to withdraw from people, extra sensitive to things that wouldn't normally get on your nerve, you turn to be useless or incapable. Some physical effects you may experience as follows: stomach issues, headaches, muscle and back pain, problems with getting to sleep, eating more or eating less than usual and raised heart-rate. Burnout is when you are repeatedly and chronically stressed over a long period of time, it puts alot of pressure on your body, and can lead to a tipping point where your exhaustion prevents you from taking part in activities that used to mean alot to your. Here are some signs like feeling exhausted and feel unable to perform basic task, losing motivation in many aspects of your life including both work and social, feeling unable to focus or concentrate on tasks, feeling empty or lacking of emotions, losing your passion and drive, experiencing conflict in your relationships with co-workers, family and friends and withdrawing emotionally from friends and family and your ability to care, to make an effort and to find motivation no longer exist.

      2) Counselor's working in a school setting has loads of tasks from counseling to administration aspects and burnout may be prevented depending on the individuality of the counselors as follows: how they handle time management, flexibility, resiliency and having a positive perspective and use the administration tasks to benefit as a learning skills.

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  • KOO KIAN YONG (Viewer) 23rd Nov 2015 - 5:48 PM
    I like this topic. Can you give us more advices and any simple coping technique we can do by ourselves?

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  • OLAYINKA AYODEJI OBAFEMI-MOSES (Viewer) 23rd Nov 2015 - 9:38 PM
    Fidelis, Thank you for this article
    My question is : At what level will one ascertain that burnout has set in? Can a workaholic recognize the extent of burnout on his health if he does not breakdown?

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  • CHETNA PUNIA (Viewer) 24th Nov 2015 - 11:41 AM
    Great subject selection for review, I would like to know one example of role- conflict situation a school counselor face that may lead to burnout?

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  • Fides A. Urbiztondo (Author) 27th Nov 2015 - 7:08 PM
    To: Koo Kian Yong
    Thank you Koo for taking time reading my article and sorry for the delay of my response. With regards to advise and simple coping technique I may share with you my own experiences and observations. I'd rather go for the practical side than theoretical or by the book. The key attitudes that will help overcome or prevent burnout as follows: 1) look things in a positive or different perspective, 2) flexibility, 3) ready to learn for multi tasking job responsibilities 4) find contentment at the end of the day what you achieved, 5) reflect what is your goal with your chosen vocation, 6) find time for yourself or having a diversion which maybe treating yourself for some sports or just being with your friends or family at the end of the working week, lastly 6) have the feeling of gratitude for the opportunities that came along your way. These are just simple yet practical technique that you may try.

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  • Fides A. Urbiztondo (Author) 27th Nov 2015 - 7:29 PM
    To: Olayinka Obafemi-Moses
    Thank you Olayinka for your question and sorry for the delay of my response.
    Many of us had experienced burnout in our life or in our career but sometimes they cannot distinguished which level. I believed that you had reached total burnout when your motivation is totally misplaced where this leads to the following: 1) you lose your passion, drive or interest, 2) you feel so empty, 3) you want only to be alone, lastly 4) feeling miserable with yourself that affected your relationship with your family, co-workers and friends.
    With your second question, there's a different definition between workaholic and burnout. A person can be workaholic without experiencing burnout because that person is happy of what he/she is doing and accomplishing. If a person is workaholic and at the same time perfectionist then there's a high probability that he/she will experience burnout which she/he needs to slow down. Being perfectionist will drive your energy high or the opposite. I hope I did answer your question.

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  • Fides A. Urbiztondo (Author) 27th Nov 2015 - 8:26 PM
    To: Chetna
    Thank you Chetna for reading my article and I apologize for the delay of my response.
    School counselors have at least ten major tasks to cater the needs of every student in every division aside from the administrative tasks to comply with. As an example the school counselor/s assigned in High School division. The period when counselor started to feel burnout when parents attack and questioned their child's counselor that their expectations where not met inspite of all the follow-ups from the counselor side and series of meeting which sometimes either the student of the parents don't attend. Then parents will only act during the crucial period and they don't consider that the counselor has other students to attend with. High school counselors tasks as follows: 1) to do scheduling from the beginning of the school year to the end to all the students and as well reviewing the available courses and teachers for the next academic year, 2) responsible for the grade reports for four progress, four quarter and two semesters, 3) guide student for the career path on going process, 4) review each transcripts any missing credentials on-going process, 5) in-charge for college fair which invites other universities to introduce programs on going process, 6) proctor ACT/SAT for monthly basis or Pre SAT/ACT Plan that comes once a year, MAP twice a year, 7) write a recommendation letter to each senior students, 8) help all senior students to apply for colleges by furnishing all the requirements from the initial application then the midterm follow-up of their requirements to the final acceptance of the student's application which you can see that is is an ongoing process for the whole year, 9) counseling , 10) support student council events, 11) plan meetings with parents by grade level 12) act as a Chaperone for group students who will be traveling 13) monitor students during scheduled recess and 14) monitor and follow-up students from grade 9-12. Also, the number of students who the counselor will be catering add to the cause of burnout.