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Surviving in the Trenches

Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, ACHP-SW
Recorded on April 18, 2017

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About the Webinar

Surviving in the day to day trenches of clinical work with seriously ill or end-of-life patients is rewarding, but very difficult. It is imperative that clinical social workers take the lead to ensure their own professional happiness as well as providing strategies to other providers they work with. In this webinar we will discuss key signs and symptoms of not “surviving in the trenches” and identify short and long term strategies for being able to do this difficult work and find happiness.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify specific and unique risk factors of burnout/compassion fatigue for oncology social workers.
  • Review critical clinical constructs to help us understand the risks such as counter transference.
  • Discuss short and long term strategies for surviving in the trenches, as well as programs for helping other clinical providers find ways to survive.


Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, ACHP-SW, is a Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker at Duke University Hospital, where she provides clinical assessment, intervention and education for patients and families seen by the Palliative Care In-Pt Consult Service, both adult and pediatric. She serves on the board of directors of several national organizations including; SWHPN, and the Center for Clinical Social Work. She has been president of the North Carolina SWOG group since 2013, and recently published an article in Journal of End-of-Life & Palliative Social Work on the Debriefing program she facilitates for house staff at Duke. She is working on a paper discussing the results of the national burnout survey of Oncology Social Workers (through AOSW).

Continuing Education Credits

Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.