Enrollment is closed.
Instructors: Michele Gaspar, DVM, MA
ALTM302-1015: 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.
Carl Bello, DVM, MA
October 7-November 28, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11 and 18; 9:00-11:00 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 is open to those with 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 support staff.
This course is 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,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Enhance client interactions, by using the concepts of hospitality and
intersubjectivity 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.
Each instructor will provide a reading list that will be available online for participants.
The reading list should be completed in advance of each week's Real Time Session.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Carl Bello
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.
Dr. Michele Gaspar
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.
Dr. Sarah Kallick
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.
, 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.
Dr. Meghan Roekle
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
(Real Time Session October 14, 2015):
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 21, 2015):
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 28, 2015):
Shame Resilience in Veterinary Medicine
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 4, 2015):
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 11, 2015):
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 18, 2015):
Working With Chronic and Terminal Illnesses
Instructor(s): Michele Gaspar, DVM, MA
CE Credits: 12
- The role of self compassion in clinical practice and
how this differs from self esteem.
- Assessing one's personal history regarding the need to control
outcomes and how to manage that anxiety.
- Balancing what we CAN do with what we should do.
Member $252 ($227 early bird special if enrolled by September 23, 2015)
Non-Member $374 ($337 early bird special if enrolled by September 23, 2015)
Enroll in both of
The Other Side of Veterinary Medicine: Healthy Clinicians Make Better Practitioners
modules (ALTM301-0915 and ALTM302-1015) by September 23, 2015 to receive a discounted enrollment
fee for the two courses: Member $321 Non-Member $497
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close on October 14, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA)
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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797
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 office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
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