Why Self-Care Matters: How To Care for Yourself While Caring for Others


About This Webinar

Direct support professionals (DSPs) provide support and care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Though DSPs care about the people they support, this work can be physically and emotionally exhausting, leading to fatigue, stress, and, ultimately, burnout.

Due to this, DSPs and IDD staff must understand the risk factors associated with burnout and strategies to support their overall health and well-being. These strategies and their implementation will provide opportunities to improve the quality of care to persons served while optimizing your quality of life and work-life balance.

Watch this on-demand webinar to hear Christina Marsack-Topolewski discuss the importance of recognizing, understanding, and addressing self-care while working in a caring profession and illustrate strategies to prevent burnout and promote work-life balance.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • How to identify risk factors for burnout, fatigue, and stress
  • Strategies to support your overall health and well-being
  • What DSPs can do to prevent these conditions and promote work-life balance


Christina M. Marsack-Topolewski PhD, LMSW

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University

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