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8 Life-Saving Tools for the Prevention of Burnout: How to Thrive in the Trenches

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Susan Pomeranz, MFT, BBSE
5 Hours 17 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Nov 07, 2014
Media Type:
Online Learning


  • Immediately spot and correct your potential for burnout
  • Time efficient no-nonsense methods for handling stress
  • Fuse cutting-edge technology with ancient healing principles into your life and practice
  • Redefine and revitalize your role as a practitioner for a rich, joyful and long-lasting career

In a field that is filled with unremitting stress, where can you go to restore your sense of self and purpose? Only a guide who is familiar with the territory can lead you to a place of understanding and safety. Join Susan Pomeranz, who, after over 20 years of a flourishing private practice in Los Angeles, began experiencing the devastating and far reaching effects of burnout. Attend this seminar and learn from someone who has experienced first-hand the effects of such stress which led to burnout and almost ended a passionate calling.

This lively and engaging seminar defines and explores the nature of stress and its origins, aspects and manifestations. You are led to examine how stress has affected your performance and immediately spot and correct your potential for burnout by realistically assessing what it means to be a modern-day healer.

Throughout this entertaining and fast-paced seminar, you will have an opportunity to experience the powerful merging of ancient healing traditions with the new findings in body-mind research and the emerging field of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). You will be given a chance to stop and assess where you are, where you are headed and the opportunity to re-choose where you want to optimally be. This is an opportunity to make an intentional, non-negotiable commitment to yourself, your family, and your clients. Leave this seminar with a fully renewed sense of passion and purpose. Redefine and revitalize your role as a practitioner for a rich, joyful and long-lasting career!


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General Credits

This course is available for 5.5 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 5.75 continuing education credits. 



Susan Pomeranz, MFT, BBSE's Profile

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Lecturer, Marriage and Family Therapist

Private Practice

Susan Pomeranz, MFT, B.B.S.E. Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Tai Chi Leader, Psychotherapist, has had over 20 years in private practice in Los Angeles. After a flourishing practice, Susan began experiencing the devastating and far-reaching effects of burnout, and not having a framework for prevention nor treatment to draw from, spent five years researching and compiling evidence-based practices that reduce stress and beneficially change the neurochemistry of the brain.

In addition to her private practice, she designed and ran the eating disorders out-patient programs at The Rader Institute in L.A. She also privately ran alternative treatment programs for the healing of addictions and addictive behavior.

She has studied with world-renown teachers of Tai Chi and Qigong, Dr. Roger Jahnke, the director and founder of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in Santa Barbara, California, and Dr. Keith Jeffery, who has developed a modern approach to this classical art by synthesizing the Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi with basic Qigong exercises. Susan was also a private student of Sufi Master, Leo Mahsoud, for seven years in San Francisco, where she studied yoga, meditative dance, Sufi philosophy and nutrition.

Susan has extensively lectured and presented seminars throughout the United States including such institutions as the UCLA School of Psychology, University of Judaism and Antioch University. With her dynamic flair for speaking and an irreverent off-beat sense of humor, Susan provides not only great insight into those subjects that she teaches but seminars that are compelling and highly entertaining.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Susan Pomeranz is a Mind and Body Wellness Seminar leader. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Susan Pomeranz has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Chaplains/Clergy, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals


  • Identify the reasons, signs and indications of stress and burnout.
  • Recognize the vital and critical connection that the mind plays in contributing to the health or dysfunction of one’s state of being.
  • Practice evidence-based disciplines such as mindfulness, Tai Chi, yoga and meditation that enhance mental and physical health and avert stress-related disorders.
  • Interpret the latest research on how thoughts, nutrition, light, breath and music can change one’s physiology and the neurochemicals of the brain.
  • Apply effective tools to combat stress and burnout.
  • Examine your own practice and walk away with a more grounded and balanced approach to what it means to be an agent of healing.



Identify your potential for burnout

  • Symptoms and signs of stress and burnout
  • Stress vs burnout
  • Exercise: Taking your temperature – The Stress Assessment Test

Evaluating the role of the healing practitioner

  • Compassion and compassion fatigue
  • Over-exposure to trauma
  • Boundaries, loss and transference
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Myths, expectations and preconceptions
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • The artistry of practice
  • Exercise: Define/redefine your practice goals and ideal scene

The mind/body connection and its relationship to burnout

  • The latest findings in Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)
  • Stress and immune function
  • Case studies
  • Exercise: Experience the effects of shifting one’s focus


8 Life-saving tools to prevent burnout

Evidence-based ancient practices and tools

  • Principles of Tai Chi, yoga and meditation
  • Chi energy and mindfulness
  • Life and breath
  • Exercise: Deepening states of relaxation through breath

Reprogram the mind

  • How perception becomes reality
  • Set the tone for your practice and your life
  • Life-enhancing techniques to increase vitality and effectuality


  • Connection between lack of nutrition and stress
  • Improper nourishment as it relates to burnout, addiction, depression, ADD and anxiety disorders
  • Essential foods for optimal functioning

The science of vibration

  • Science of sound and its effects on the nervous system
  • The psychological and physiological impact of rhythm, tones, chanting, classical and contemporary music
  • Exercise: The transformative power of music

Bonus life-saving tools

  • Effects of light
  • Psychology of color
  • Alchemy of water
  • Expand one’s location in space
  • Acupressure points to reduce stress and anxiety

Personal toolbox

  • Restore purpose
  • Create balance
  • Experience vibrancy

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