ASPA is proud to host a robust e-learning program including three series of webinars: BookTalks, KeepingCurrent events and Students and New Professionals topics. This list is refreshed constantly as new events are added to our calendar. Please contact us if you have any questions about our upcoming discussions or would like to join us to host an event.

Students and New Professionals: Avoiding Burnout in Public Service—The Importance of Personal Wellness and Self-Care

September 28 | 1 p.m. ET

Public service, while fulfilling, also can be a grueling sector, with civil servants frequently experiencing a lack of resources (human and monetary), stressful work environments, long hours and other obstacles. While public service motivation is at the root of many employees' decisions to serve, that doesn't mean the work is easy. Working with and for the public takes its toll (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) and that stress impacts mental and physical health. This webinar, designed for students and new professionals, will redefine the conversation about what brings and adds value to public service careers—lived experiences, diversity, cross-sectional skills/relationships—and how the positives can outweigh the negatives.

Josh Avila, Moderator, City of Providence, Office of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Karen Sweeting, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island