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Education Professor and Colleague Presents Research at ACPA Conferences in CA and OH

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Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr. Alison DuBois, assistant professor of early childhood education, special education, and counseling, and Dr. Molly Mistretta (of Slippery Rock University) presented at the American Counseling Association's National Conference in San Francisco, CA on March 17, 2017. Their 60 minute presentation, "When Caring Hurts: Identifying Signs of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Education," discussed diagnostic criteria used to assess burnout and compassion fatigue, personal factors that contribute to secondary trauma, and recommendations on prevention and resiliency strategies for educators.

“[Dr. Mistretta] and I feel passionate about our subject matter because it affects all of the helping professions,” says Dr. DuBois. “Few people are looking at this phenomenon in the fields of education and student affairs. Providing young professionals with necessary tools for self-care early in their careers helps them to become more effective practitioners and gain more satisfaction in their work.”

The pair also presented at ACPA’s National Concerference (College Student Educators International) in Columbus, OH on March 26, 2017. Dr. DuBois and Dr. Mistretta’s presentation entitled "Caring and Coping: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Student Affairs” included their research findings from three recent studies they have conducted.

For more information, contact Dr. Alison Dubois at or 724-946-6039.