Prioritizing Self-care for Early Career Professionals (2 Ethics CEUs)


General Information
Instructor: Brittany Zakszeski, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D & Janise Parker, Ph.D., LP, LSP, NCSP
Title:: Prioritizing Self-Care as an Early-Career Professional
CEs: 2 Credits
Location: Online

This was initial recording for School Psychologist, but has information which will benefit early career BCBAs.

This webinar is designed to guide attendees in (a) considering unique stressors and challenges commonly associated with the early period of a psychologist’s career and (b) identifying self-care strategies to promote personal wellness and professional success during the early-career period.

Brittany Zakszeski is a training and consulting specialist at the Devereux Center for Effective Schools, where she partners with schools and other child-serving institutions to provide systems-level training and consultation in support of school climate, learning, and behavioral health. Much of her work is focused in urban and alternative school settings as well as with populations of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Brittany is also an adjunct professor at Lehigh University, where she teaches graduate courses on trauma and multi-tiered systems of support. Brittany is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania, a nationally registered health service psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a board-certified behavior analyst-doctoral level. Brittany’s research interests center around applying implementation science to understand and promote schools’ adoption and sustained use of evidence-based, equity-focused practices within multi-tiered systems of support.

Janise Parker is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at William & Mary. She is also a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. Her research focuses on self-determination and personal agency among Black youth; culturally responsive services for school-age youth; community engagement; and implications for supporting religiously/spiritually diverse youth in school settings. Dr. Parker has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. Currently, Dr. Parker is leading a community-based intervention that involves school mental health trainees (school counseling and school psychology students) providing academic, social, emotional, and behavioral support for K-12 youth (predominantly Black) through virtual services.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify potential stressors and challenges associated with the early-career period.
2. Define impostor syndrome and recognize indicators of impostorhood.
3. Describe strategies and considerations for managing stress, maintaining self-care, and overcoming impostor syndrome during the early-career period.


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