VSPN STAF182-0122: Stress Management

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA
Course Open: January 5, 2020- January 29, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesday January 12 and 19, 2022 9:30-11:00pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Non-Medical

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Course Information:
Stress affects us all and often seems unavoidable in our caring, service profession. The demands of work combined with our personal lives can feel overwhelming. This course will help participants learn techniques to recognize and manage pressures and stress. This course will also explore compassion fatigue and burnout.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the dangers of remaining in a constant state of stress.
  • Learn about compassion fatigue and signs of burnout.
  • Know how to reduce compassion fatigue.
  • Identify sources of stress.
  • Explore stress management techniques.
  • Consider silver linings, writing, intention and circles of influence.
  • Understand coping strategies.
  • Learn how time management can help minimize stress.
  • Learn about perspective and how it affects stress levels.
  • Consider and explore resilience.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff interested in learning skills to manage and reduce stress in professional and personal life. The course will address compassion fatigue, burnout, and stress management techniques.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(20-861175)
This course has been approved for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA (19-83).

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 12): Recognizing Stress
In this session we will discuss the dangers of remaining in a constant state of stress. We will learn about compassion fatigue and signs of burnout and how to reduce compassion fatigue. We will identify sources of stress and explore stress management techniques.

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 19): Managing and Preventing Stress
In the second session we will continue to explore stress management techniques. We will discuss silver linings, writing, intention and circles of influence and learn to understand coping strategies. We will explain how time management can help minimize stress, and learn about perspective and how it affects stress levels. Finally, we will consider and explore resilience.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

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Tuition: $66 ($59 early bird special if enrolled by December 22, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on January 12, 2022 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.

To Enroll:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357