Course Description

For most employees, some level of job site stress is inevitable. But, at what point do those stressors put a worker at risk of job burnout? According to the American Institute of Stress, work-related stress costs more than $300 billion each year in expenses related to health care, missed work and stress reduction. Endless productivity demands, after hours smartphone communications and anytime access to work emails mean that career burnout can happen at an earlier age than ever before.

Career Survival Strategies: Avoiding Burnout trains employers and employees alike providing detailed instruction on how to identify the warning signs of chronic stress, avoid burnout and rekindle careers. This 2 The Rescue course can be tailored to the specific needs of your organization and workers. Topics addressed include:

  • Differentiating stress vs. burnout
  • Understanding the types of stress
  • Identifying the causes of stress
  • Learning the causes of burnout
  • Discovering the 5 stages of burnout
  • Recognizing burnout personality types
  • Knowing the keys to longevity in the workplace
  • Understanding TMI: How much is too much?
  • Practicing 3 stress-management methods
  • Identifying burnout warning signs
  • Maintaining a sense of self
  • Learning the 3 Rs of survival
  • Practicing the 4 Cs of career success
  • Discovering management strategies for success
  • And more


Meet 2 The Rescue Co-owner Terry Bykerk

A retired two-time Police Officer Of The Year nominee with more than 25 years in law enforcement, Terry applies over 6,000 hours of experience in the classroom and practical skill instruction to the benefit of emergency responders and others. The holder of multiple certifications relating to law enforcement, a certified subject matter expert, precision driving, executive protection and more, he has a unique way of imparting lessons learned from his successes and failures. These are presented not just as “war stories” but as practical advice seminar participants can use every day.

Meet 2 The Rescue Co-owner Mike Wierenga

A 30-plus year veteran in firefighting and law enforcement, Mike is an active-duty training officer for a police department in western Michigan. He has more than 6,500 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction, and is a certified subject matter expert. This former Police Officer Of The Year combines over 550 hours of critical incident stress management training with front-line applications in multiple line-of-duty deaths, officer-involved shootings, suicides and other violent tragedies. His passion for the safety and emotional wellness of emergency responders and their loved ones is easily seen by all in his presentations.