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Michele Gaspar, DVM, MA
ALTM302-1014: The Other Side of Veterinary Medicine: Healthy Clinicians Make Better Practitioners Module II
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
Sarah Kallick, Psy.D.
Ann Raney, LCSW
Megan Roekle, Psy.D.
Chris Adrian, MD, M.Div.
Carl Bello, DVM, MA
October 6-November 27, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Mondays, October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2014; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area:
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary staff who have a desire to learn
new ways of increasing one's physical and psychosocial health, as well as that of the veterinary
hospital team. There are no academic requirements. Participants should be sufficiently committed to
improving body/mind health, so that they actively engage in assigned readings, classroom
discussions and on the course message boards.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary staff.
This course has been submitted to VHMA for CVPM credits.
This course has been approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The second of two modules in this unique and ground-breaking course
that contains topics not traditionally covered in veterinary curriculums
or other continuing education offerings. The course, which features a
number of instructors from disciplines outside of veterinary medicine,
is designed to help clinicians, from new graduates to those about to
enter retirement, learn how to take better care of themselves physically
and emotionally. It blends information from a variety of disciplines,
including human nutrition, sleep and exercise physiology, psychology and
other social sciences into a unified whole. The course premise is that
healthy clinicians are better able to provide excellent patient care and
client service. While it is not a substitute for personal medical care
or psychotherapy, the course seeks to enhance information and insight and
provide new perspectives and recommendations on issues common to clinical
practice. These include compassion fatigue, burnout, isolationism,
perfectionism, working with chronic illnesses and death of patients,
client engagement and loss of control. Those taking this course can
look forward to being intellectually challenged in exciting ways and
develop new tools for dealing with physical and psychosocial stressors.
This course consists of six (6) 2-hour Real Time Sessions and
interactive message board discussions.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- enhance client interactions by using the concepts of hospitality
and inter-subjectivity in daily encounters.
- recognize undesirable personal cognitive patterns, such as perfectionism
and unyielding standards, which remove the joy from clinical practice,
and develop effective strategies to counter them.
- understand how shame and guilt can undermine a clinician's ability to
provide clinical care and develop a personal program to reduce their negative effects.
- recognize chronic thought processes/rumination and learn techniques to avoid them.
- use fiction and other writing to develop and expand clinical focus and attention.
- develop an enhanced ability to deal with chronic illness and death of patients,
client reactions and one's own sense of clinical accomplishment.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
However, participants are expected to complete a list of online reading assignments
provided by the instructors in advance of each Real Time Session.
About the Instructors:
Chris Adrian, MD, MFA, M.Div.
is a pediatric oncologist in Boston and a novelist
("Gob's Grief;" "The Children's Hospital;" and "The Great Night"). His interests include the
psychosocial aspects of medical care and the challenges of caring for patients with chronic and
has a DVM from Oklahoma State University and Master of Arts in
Counseling Psychology, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He is currently doing relief
work in companion animal medicine/surgery in Seattle, WA.
As a counselor/veterinarian, Dr. Bello is very interested in helping medical professionals
(especially veterinarians) navigate the many emotional and relational challenges particular
to our work as doctors.
is a VIN consultant (Feline Internal Medicine Folder) and
has a Master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago. She has had a personal
mindfulness meditation practice for 13 years and completed the certificate program in
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in Newton, MA.
She is a member of Ancient Dragon Gate Zen Center in Chicago. Michele is currently completing
the two-year certificate program in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the Chicago
Center for Psychoanalysis and is a part-time staff therapist at the C. G. Jung Center in
Evanston, Illinois. Her interests include the use of meditation as an antidote to professional
burnout, compassion fatigue and stress. Michele has lectured on mindfulness meditation to
veterinarians, veterinary support staff, and shelter personnel.
has been practicing psychotherapy for 21 years,
using an eclectic approach, including psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive, behavioral,
intersubjective, and eastern mindfulness concepts to empower clients and increase their
self-trust through a nonjudgmental exploration of thoughts and feelings. Dr. Kallick's
specialties include applications of Mindfulness to psychotherapy, process group therapy,
marital therapy utilizing concepts of Imago Therapy and Schema Therapy, women's issues,
integration of psychology and spirituality, and treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss,
and life transitions. She has been active for years in the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society
where she is currently both President Elect and Co-Chair of the Program and Training Committee.
Dr. Kallick has been married for 25 years and has two young children who provide her constant
opportunity for learning and growth.
Ann Raney, LCSW
is the Chief Executive Office of Turning Point Behavioral
Health Care Center in Skokie, IL and a faculty member of the School of Social Service
Administration at the University of Chicago. Her professional interests include in relational
therapy, spirituality and mindfulness.
is a clinical psychologist who practices Integrative Psychotherapy.
She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has worked with individuals, families, children,
and groups with a wide variety of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma,
loss, relationship issues, and existential/spiritual concerns. Dr. Roekle received her PsyD
from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is currently on faculty,
teaching seminars on the practice of psychotherapy, as well as advising and research courses.
(Real Time Session October 13):
Thinking About What Happens "In The Room"
Instructor(s): Ann Raney, LCSW
- What is hospitality and why does it matter in health care encounters?
- How to develop healthy client encounters and repair less-than-optimal ones.
- Listening to body and mental clues to inform our clinical encounters.
(Real Time Session October 20):
Resilience and boundaries in clinical practice
Instructor(s): Michele Gaspar, DVM, MA
- Understanding how our personal histories of attachment
impact clinical practice and decision making.
- Techniques that preserve appropriate attachment and establish
healthy boundaries with clients, staff and work environments.
- Developing patterns of resilience and equanimity that help to
forestall burnout and compassion fatigue.
(Real Time Session October 27):
Shame and Isolation
Instructor(s): Carl Bello, DVM, MA
- Impact of Shame (why is it so important?).
- Shame Defined (theories, origins, shame vs. guilt).
- Responses to Shame (dysfunctional avoidance behaviors and their significance).
- Assessing Shame (understanding my individual shame proneness).
- Developing Shame Resilience (developing skills to
work with it in professional life).
(Real Time Session November 3):
What Is, Is: Undoing the thoughts that create stress
Instructor(s): Megan Roekle, Psy. D.
- All stress is an argument with what is
- These arguments are mental images, thoughts, beliefs,
expectations, and stories from the past--about our clients,
our patients, ourselves, etc.
- When we "wake up" from our thoughts we can meet our clients and
patients more fully and openly.
- Work, without old thinking, naturally becomes more loving,
effective and improvisational.
(Real Time Session November 10):
Working Through Maladaptive Schemas
Instructor(s): Sarah Kallick, Psy.D. CGP
- Defining and understanding Schemas and Amygdala Hijacks
- How Schemas Function
- Unrelenting Standards, Self-Sacrificing and Defectiveness Schemas in High Achievers
- How Mindfulness can help us free ourselves from Schemas
(Real Time Session November 17):
How Do We Find Meaning in Working with Patients' Chronic and Terminal Diseases?
Instructor(s): Chris Adrian, MD, M.Div.
CE Credits: 12
- The psychosocial challenges to health care providers
- Is there meaning in suffering?
- Psychosocial implications of working with chronically and
terminally ill patients and their families.
Member $252 ($227 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2014)
Non-Member $374 ($337 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2014)
*Enroll in both modules (ALTM301-0914) and (ALTM302-1014) by September 15, 2014 and receive
a discounted rate: Member $321 Non-Member $497
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on October 13, 2014
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
Enrollment is closed.
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 12 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
The CE team:
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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