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dr-elizabeth-strand-fullEvidence regarding the over-represented incidence of depression, anxiety, and stress among veterinary professionals continues to grow. To help our profession better understand the data and learn how to combat these trends, Pet Poison Helpline and AVMA-Life are teaming up to co-sponsor a series of two, free, RACE-approved CE webinars specifically for veterinary professionals.  Each webinar will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Strand, Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a licensed clinical social worker, family therapist, grief counselor, a mediator, an Emotional Brain Trainer and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She is also an interfaith minister.

Session 1: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Moral Stress, and Veterinary Mental Health

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December 8, 2016

Recently, there has been growing concern about the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress in the profession of veterinary medicine. There is even evidence that veterinarians experience higher rates of suicide than the general population and other medical professionals. Issues such as finances, end-of-life counseling, demanding clients, long work hours, team conflict, moral stress, poor work-life balance, and a “culture of sacrifice,” have all been associated with higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress.

This presentation will create a conceptual framework for understanding how these poor health outcomes occur, are maintained, and can be reversed. The topics of adverse childhood events and moral stress will be introduced as factors that contribute to these mental health outcomes. The session will end with hopeful research about how these problems can be reversed.

To receive CE credit for watching the above presentation, please download the post-test and follow the instructions written there. Note, to fill out the document, you may need to click Enable Editing at the top.

Session 2: Neural-integration and the Reversal of Poor Wellbeing in Veterinary Medicine

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January 26, 2017

This session will review in more detail the neural-integration that is needed for healthy minds and healthy relationships within the field of veterinary medicine. Through research evidence and case studies the behaviors associated with changing the trajectory of depression, anxiety, and stress in the field of veterinary medicine will be presented. Attendees will leave the session with an action plan for reversing poor wellness in themselves and others.

To receive CE credit for watching the above presentation, please download the post-test and follow the instructions written there. Note, to fill out the document, you may need to click Enable Editing at the top.