Putting the Well into Your Wellbeing
We all became veterinarians because we love animals and want to make a positive impact on their lives. We focus on the human animal bond, while building long lasting partnership with owners. Sometimes we have to have difficult conversations which are emotionally charged and can make our days hard. This day of workshops is will help us understand ourselves as well as how to change our the most difficult situations into an opportunity to thrive while we care for animals. You will be guided through the workshops by Makenzie Peterson
, MSc, Wellness Program Director at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine10:00-10:50 AM: Overwhelmed by Compassion Fatigue & Burnout? There Are Solutions!
Whether we're pushing through a difficult work week, struggling to address complexities, or navigating difficult cases and people, it's hard not to feel emotionally drained and wonder if we should keep going, if any of it is worth the stress. Feeling our sense of compassion for others and meaning in our work lessen as hard times persist is common but not unmanageable. Managing compassion fatigue and burnout will involve effort and intention, but will help us renew our passion over time and contribute to career longevity. This workshop will teach participants the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout and how to prevent and address them.11:10 AM-12:00 PM: Imposter Syndrome: How Feeling “Not Good Enough” Might Be A Symptom of Success
Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which a person believes that they are inadequate and incompetent despite evidence that indicates they are skilled and successful. This can result in an inability to internalize accomplishments and a persistent feeling of never being “good enough.” Imposter syndrome impacts our colleagues, supervisors, and our loved ones, and plays a role in how we interact with each other, our interpersonal communication, and how we present ourselves. In this workshop, participants will learn about the root causes of imposter syndrome and discuss the six dimensions of imposter syndrome. The group will also identify the five types of imposters, how these types manifest themselves in our lives, and explore ways to help themselves and others overcome imposter syndrome.2:30-3:20 PM: Workplace Culture and Wellbeing: How To Make A Change
Trying to shift or change a practice culture is a long, arduous process, but worth the energy and effort to build a more resilient profession. Not only does this improve retention, it also improves moral and diminishes workplace burnout. This workshop will cover the top models for organizational culture change, how to incorporate multiple stakeholder needs, and navigating barriers to change such as; closed attitudes, counterproductive change dynamics, and lack of expertise. Participants will leave with an awareness and a framework to think more critically about how to achieve a culture of wellbeing in their practices and build more collective resilience in veterinary medicine.
3:40-4:30 PM: Drafting Your Wellbeing Framework: A Hands-On Workshop
This “working group” style workshop takes what was learned in “Building a Culture of Wellbeing in Veterinary Medicine,” and focuses participants on applying that knowledge towards developing a draft of their strategic organizational wellbeing framework. Participants will be guided through a step-by-step process of how to approach building their wellbeing plan, how many wellbeing components would be addressed to sustainably fit the needs of their organization, and identify the external collaborations that need to be explored. Practice teams and/or leadership teams are recommended to attend this workshop together to develop this organizational framework as a group. Workshop Leader
Makenzie Peterson, MSc
Born and raised in Alaska, Peterson graduated from the University of Utah with an MSc in Health Promotion & Health Education. Her expertise focuses on the health and wellbeing field, including having worked at a MIT/Harvard-sponsored start-up in the Harvard Innovation Lab focusing on educating college students on health topics. Makenzie is also a health and wellness coach, certified rape crisis counselor, and opioid overdose prevention educator. As Cornell University’s CVM Wellness Program Director, she provides individual and group non-clinical counseling and referral services to support the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. She also develops health education programming and speaks on topics such as; mental and physical health, stress reduction, suicide prevention, compassion fatigue and burnout, mindfulness meditation, interpersonal communication, violence prevention, imposter syndrome, growth mindsets and resiliency, alcohol and substance use, and a variety of other wellbeing-related topics.