Workshop Abstract * “Home Mess to Job Stress: Leadership Burnout in Social Services” Fueled by the relentless pressures of the 24/7 work schedules, globalization, bridging the gap of subtle racism still in the workplace, pressures from scarce agency resources, African American leaders today who work with at risk communities continue to experience resistance due to life stressors, mental health stigma and shame. These factors increase stress, burnout, fatigue and what can be called a "hot mess" when it comes to keeping it together for themselves "at home" as well as for their clients "on the job." African American professionals often sacrifice their own self-care. The same stigma, shame, life stressors and trauma that stop human service clients from seeking help can also stop mental health professionals from taking a much needed time out and seeking support. The pressures are not so unique in that historically, African American leaders in the field have a higher bar to climb and so often easily identify with the social ills that touch their clients. A look in the mirror at self is a valuable way to realize just how close you are to being burned and stressed out. Sacrificing self care also hinders self –esteem as energy, focus and desire to do this work begin to unravel under the relentless pressure. Sometimes it feels like a "thankless" job and as a leader, the fight to press on becomes even more of a challenge. Who can you turn to? Where can you go? It all starts with keeping the fires burning on the home front-from the bedroom to the boardroom. How are we as African American professionals leading at home? How are we controlling the pressures from our family, spouse or significant other? Has the stress burned us out so much that we are laying in the despair of a hot sizzling mess? Are we beginning to share the profile of some of our clients we desperately are trying to help? This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical evidenced based tools, using techniques from motivational interviewing and leadership empowerment, to help examine what is lacking at home and manage life skills, while improving self esteem and ultimately leadership skills from sizzling out. We will define what social work related stress is and the factors causing it among African American leaders. We will also explore the consequences and symptoms of good and bad stress, burnout, and the behavior associated with the symptoms of what translates into “Home Mess” to “Job Stress”. We will look at the methods to rebuild self-care and maintain a good level of self-esteem throughout life. If you are seeking a change in mindset, new way of balancing your pressures and enduring the draining experience of leadership burnout, or know others who suffer from balancing life at home with the daily grind, or are a professional who is interested in maintaining a healthy and happy balance that bridges the gap between you and your clients, and want to overcome inevitable human service pressures in general, this training will be most beneficial.