Awareness, Reflection, & Meaning-Making: Creating a Professional Toolkit for Resilience and Wellbeing- An Experiential Session

Thursday, May 3 2018 @ 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Hine Hall (IP) ,132

Presenter(s): Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D.
Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Learners

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Healthcare professions practitioners, faculty, and trainees are at risk for stress and burnout, which can impact well-being and optimal patient care. Pre-emptive approaches fostering resilience and wellbeing and mitigating/preventing burnout and other mental health issues include cultivating resilience skills for use throughout one’s career (a protective ‘professional toolkit’). Participants in this session will learn about and experience resilience and wellbeing-enhancement strategies including mindful awareness, reflective writing as a ‘resiliency workout,’ cognitive restructuring, positive psychology principles, and meaning-making/purpose. An integrative, shared commitment approach of individual and institutional factors for a ‘culture of resilience and wellbeing’ to promote professional satisfaction and humanistic practices within patient care, education, and leadership will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
After these sessions, participants will be:

1. Knowledgeable about the need for protective strategies for reducing stress and cultivating resilience for mitigating/preventing burnout and depression, ideally fostering wellbeing and promoting humanistic practices within patient care, education, and leadership
2. Knowledgeable, through experiential learning exercises, about resilience and wellbeing- enhancement strategies including mindful awareness, reflective writing as a ‘resiliency workout,’ cognitive restructuring, positive psychology principles, and meaning-making/purpose

3. Aware of an integrative, shared commitment approach of individual and workplace factors for a sustainable ‘Culture of Resilience and Wellbeing’

About the presenter:

Hedy S. Wald, PhD is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine; Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Resident Resilience/Wellbeing-Residency Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wald has been recognized with Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Awards, served as a Fulbright Scholar (medical education) for Ben Gurion University of Health Sciences, Israel, and is a Gold Humanism Foundation Harvard-Macy Scholar. Dr. Wald has been a Visiting Professor at over 50 healthcare professions schools world-wide, presenting on reflective writing-enhanced reflection supporting healthy professional identity formation as well as promoting resilience, wellbeing, and vitality in healthcare professions education and practice. Frameworks for assessing reflection and for guiding faculty in crafting quality written feedback to students’ reflective narratives which Dr. Wald helped develop are currently in use worldwide within health professions education. She recently served as guest editor for a collection of articles within an Academic Medicine theme issue on Professional Identity Formation. Her creative writing, reviews, and poetry have appeared in literary and medical journals as well as medical education blogs and excerpted in the NY Times. Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Medical Independent (Ireland), and Jerusalem Post. Follow her on Twitter: @hedy_wald ‘Mind/Body/Spirit of MedEd’

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development . If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at ofapd@iu.edu.

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