In this 1 HR Webinar we will learn about:
HELPFUL TOOLS VETERINARIANS AND STAFF CAN USE TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND CLIENTS DURING TIMES OF GRIEF.
You will come out knowing:
The importance of this topic
What is grief
Facts about grief
The course of grief
How we experience grief
Factors impacting a person’s ability to manage grief
Challenges to the grieving process
Specific challenges faced by grieving pet owners
Manifestations of grief and disenfranchisement within the veterinary field
Helpful tips for supporting yourself and grieving pet owners
“Listening” is a fundamental tool when showing support
Clients do NOT feel heard when …
Silence is a powerful listening skill
Importance of taking care of yourself in times of need
What is self-care
Principles of self-care
Benefits of self-care
Examples of self-care methods
From the Speaker:
Debra Campbell, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate
It was early in my 17-year career as a massage therapist that I recognized the mind/body connection and that alongside my client’s physical pain was oftentimes mental and emotional turmoil. Applying my strong belief in treating the mind and body as one entity, I wanted to offer clients a more holistic healing approach. To fulfill this need, I returned to university to study psychology, and am now a Counselling Psychology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alberta.
Presently, I am completing my dissertation in my hometown province of Nova Scotia (NS), while running a small private practice that offers both counselling and massage therapy. My clinical approach is eclectic, drawing mainly from feminism, cognitive behaviour therapy, and person-centred therapy. I offer professional, compassionate counselling and support for individuals in times of need. Common presenting issues include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and work/life transitions. I also have additional experience providing counselling to individuals within the field of trauma and grief. For instance, I counselled sexual assault survivors at a sexual assault centre in NS. I also worked at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, offering counselling services to cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
Considering my love for animals, I extended grief and adjustment counselling to pet owners who have lost a beloved pet. I have since broadened this service to include those within the veterinary field, given the ongoing stress and compassion fatigue associated with working in this caring environment.