Sunday, April 28th • Oregon Zoo• 7 hrs CE Credit

Program

8:45am-5:00pm
Registration will open at 7:45am
Elective Day Break Yoga and Walk will begin at 8am

Elizabeth Strand PhD, LCSW
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Raw Material: A brain-based perspective on veterinary mental health and well-being

This presentation will draw from recent research veterinary well-being and mental health. Following this critical review of the research, attention will be given to the concepts of adverse childhood experiences (ACES), neural-integration, veterinary personality styles, and moral stress as the “raw material” that may be both the source of poor health as well as the solution to optimal functioning for those in the veterinary profession.

Take ACTion for Well-being: Become a source of health for yourself and for those who surround you

This presentation will guide participants through a series of exercises to identify sources of strength and personal challenge. Through values clarification, personality assessment, and identifying actionable steps for a personal path to health, participants will be inspired to stand up for the health and well-being of the veterinary profession.

Learn more about Dr. Strand

Dr. Elizabeth Strand is the Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced family therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She has been working in the field of social work for 20 year.

She also is trained as a Rule 31 Mediator, Child and Adult Anicare Animal Abuse Treatment counselor, a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.

Dr. Strand’s service-work centers around anti-animal abuse and anti-racism efforts.

Her interest-areas include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, the scholarly and practice development of veterinary social work as a sub-specialty of social work practice, communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation and stress management techniques in animal welfare environments.

Her professional mission is to encourage the humane treatment of both people and animals and to care for those professionals who care for animals.

Brad Larsen-Sanchez, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Portland Mental Health & Wellness

Missed Connections: Meaningful Connection in an Over Connected Time

Connection with self and others is at the root of mental health and wellness.  Our bodies, hearts and minds are wired to respond to connection and disconnection. Drawing from attachment theory, gestalt therapy, and Buddhist principles, we will explore the importance of relatedness and bonding.  Through discussion and experiential activities we will experiment with in the moment connection and disconnection, and consider how we can show up for meaningful contact with ourselves and others in our daily lives.

Learn more about Dr. Larsen-Sanchez

Brad Larsen Sanchez, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, gestalt therapist and trainer, in private practice and he is the owner of Portland Mental Health & Wellness. He works with clinical presentations such as anxiety, depression, trauma, struggles with sexual orientation and identity, and living with chronic illnesses, such as HIV.

Brad is the co-founder of The Center for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy Training in Portland.  He has trained and lectured in the US and Canada as well as, recently, in China.  In addition to clinical practice, Brad serves on a variety of committees and boards focused on advocating for patients as well as mental health professionals. Brad is the president elect of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

Mark McConnell DVM
Emergency Veterinary Hospital
Springfield, OR

Ragan Borzcik DVM
Portland Community College
Veterinary Technology Program Director

Abbie Hathaway CVT
Banfield Pet Hospital
Veterinary Technician Training

Panel Discussion

We will also be facilitating a panel discussion about the vital role of veterinary team members and how we can improve support, elevation, respect, and retention of these professionals.

Learn more about Dr. McConnell

A native of New York, Dr. McConnell studied Zoology at the University of Idaho and earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1986. He traveled to Scotland to continue his studies at the University of Glasgow’s College of Veterinary medicine, where he was his awarded his degree and membership into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992.

A year later, Dr. McConnell joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital as a full time veterinarian. Since 2006 he has devoted his time to his role as Hospital Co-Director. Dr. McConnell is involved in numerous professional organizations. In 2005 he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. He served nine years, the last two as chair. He is the past president (2017-2018) of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In addition, Dr. McConnell is active with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). He is a member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Portland Veterinary Medical Association,  Lane County Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Brad Larsen Sanchez, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, gestalt therapist and trainer, in private practice and he is the owner of Portland Mental Health & Wellness. He works with clinical presentations such as anxiety, depression, trauma, struggles with sexual orientation and identity, and living with chronic illnesses, such as HIV.

Brad is the co-founder of The Center for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy Training in Portland.  He has trained and lectured in the US and Canada as well as, recently, in China.  In addition to clinical practice, Brad serves on a variety of committees and boards focused on advocating for patients as well as mental health professionals. Brad is the president elect of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

Program Schedule

7:45-8:45am            Registration/light breakfast

8:00-8:30am           Sunrise Yoga/Zoo Walk

8:45-9:00am            Welcome- Start of the Program

9:00-10:00am          Panel Discussion- Dr. Mark McConnell, Dr. Ragan Borzcik, and Abbie Hathaway

10:00-10:20am        Break/Activity time

10:20am-12:15pm   The Raw Material: A brain-based perspective on veterinary mental health and wellbeing – Dr. Elizabeth Strand

12:15-1:00pm           Lunch/Flex Activity Time

1:00-3:00pm            Take ACTion for Wellbeing: Become a source of health for yourself and for those who surround you– Dr. Elizabeth Strand

3:00-3:15pm            Break

3:15-4:30pm            Missed Connections: Meaningful Connection in an Over Connected Time- Dr. Brad Larsen-Sanchez (licensed Psychologist)

4:30-5:00pm           Wrap-up activities and depart

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