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May 6 – Identifying and Overcoming Burnout in Graduate School


Presented by Dr. Jean Kim, C. Psych. & Mathilde Theriault, B.A. Hons.

Description: Burnout is syndrome resulting from chronic stress that results in energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from a person’s work or negative feelings about their career, and reduced professional productivity (WHO, 2019). Indeed, burnout has increasingly been recognized as a mental health condition which has helped to reduce stigma and allow for increased awareness and discussion about the condition. Burnout occurs over time and is cumulative, with additional stressors or demands interacting with a person’s depleted sense of internal resources. This workshop will focus on helping individuals to identify burnout and manage this condition through addressing the following learning objectives:

  • Identify when you are experiencing burnout
  • Understand the relationship between burnout, depression and anxiety
  • Gain knowledge on how personality traits, previous self and interpersonal relationship, and attachment styles impact experiences of burnout
  • Learn how to cope with, overcome and prevent burnout when dealing with prolonged stress over time

The workshop will include didactic, psychoeducation and discussion in order to attend to different experiences of attendees. Focus will be on increasing self-awareness of attendees and their sense of how to identify and overcome burnout.

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM


About the Presenters

Dr. Jean Kim, C. Psych., is a psychologist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). She maintains a general practice in clinical psychology, offering intervention and assessment services for adults and adolescents. Dr. Kim also has specific expertise in working with people who struggle with disordered eating and body image concerns, as well as individuals who are experiencing challenges integrating their cultural identity. Dr. Kim supervises graduate students at CFIR who are completing practica as part of their clinical program. She has enjoyed facilitating workshops on various topics related to mental health, including Healthy Relationships, Emotion Regulation, and Integrated Perspectives on Eating Disorders, and has taught as a sessional instructor and guest lecturer. Dr. Kim is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Ms. Theriault is the Clinical Psychology Resident at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. She is a Psy. D. candidate at the University of Moncton, in New-Brunswick. She is currently offering assessment and treatment services to adults presenting with various concerns, such as depression, grief, stress, anxiety, trauma, as well as personality and relational difficulties.

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