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Mental Health Professional Burnout: The Silent Struggle

Mental Health Professional Burnout: The Silent Struggle | POSTPONED

Mental Health professionals have felt the physical and emotional effects of the demanding job long before the pandemic. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mental health workforce professionals are struggling with their own mental, physical and emotional well-being. How can these professionals avoid the emotional and physical burnout while caring for others?

Join WBFO Managing Editor, Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza, as she discusses mental healthcare professional well-being and burnout with Dr. Wendy Guyker, Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo and Marijke Kemble, Life Coach, Career Mentor & Mindfulness Teacher. Their conversation will explore driving factors behind mental health professional burnout, how that burnout affects providers, and what things they should be doing to take care of their own mental health.



Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza, Managing Editor, WBFO

Brigid is an award-winning journalist that coordinates WBFO’s daily news coverage. In the late 1990s through 2005, Brigid was an executive producer in charge of the morning shows at WGRZ Channel 2, editing scripts, creating enterprise series and developing community involvement special projects. During her time there, she brought a third rated Nielsen newscast to number one in the market in six months. Brigid is also an artist, an internationally published author, a certified paralegal, and a small business owner.



Wendy Guyker, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo

Wendy is also the co-Director of Training of the doctoral program in counseling and school psychology. Her primary research interests are in the areas of mindfulness and self-care, with an emphasis on practical applications in both clinical and community populations. Wendy’s international work includes research and consultation with the Africa Yoga Project and the United Nations Foundation. She is a yoga teacher and board member for Yogis in Service, and currently teaches yoga to veterans at the Buffalo VA Hospital. In addition, Wendy maintains a private practice, specializing in mindfulness-based interventions.

Marijke Kemble, Life Coach, Career Mentor & Mindfulness Teacher

Marijke Ocean Joy Kemble (yes, that’s her real name!) worked in corporate, executive leadership roles for over 15 years helping teams navigate significant change.  Now as a Life Coach, Career Mentor & Mindfulness Teacher, Marijke supports people to bring forward the best version of themselves and others in the midst of global, social, and personal change. In addition to being a Certified Wayfinder Coach, Marijke has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard where she took graduate level course work in organizational behavior, Buddhism, and public policy. She also has an MBA from University of Rochester’s Simon School.


WBFO's Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

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