NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY. This is an interactive workshop to identify core values and personal strengths. When we use our strengths in alignment with our values, we feel most alive, most authentic, most empowered, and most joyful. A short online test is given in advance and exercises and discussion are used during the workshop to help students and physicians identify their personal compass for making choices, their strengths to move them forward and ways to maintain balance during the journey of their life. Minimizing burn out is addressed and a coaching exercise for self care is given.
"The group LOVED your discussion. They said one of the best classes they had. It really touched them and touched core issues that are important for them and they actually started implementing personal changes immediately after. They felt it should be given to everyone in the School, students and residents. They very much appreciated the approach you took, your caring and authenticity and focus on values."
-Raja Jabar, MD Director Wellness and Chronic Illness Center. Stony Brook Medical Center
STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER-Coping With Challenges Of Working In The COVID-19 Era.
In this interactive workshop, we discuss stressors of working during the COVID-19 pandemic and create a tool box of skills for self care. We include physical and emotional safety and review many strategies for stress reduction including quick and easy mindfulness techniques and ways to get out of our heads and into our bodies. We look at how our thoughts affect our feelings and the impact of self-compassion. Each attendant is invited to participate in a coaching exercise to support their unique situation and goals.
It was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!!! Dr. Funt did a fantastic job of getting all 35 attendees connected and engaged! Her warmth, authenticity, and kindness came shining through! She built trust right away and that allowed people to share their feelings and experiences more openly. She is genuine, compassionate, and supportive. She demonstrated not only her depth of knowledge and understanding, but also her passion for self-care techniques and presented it all in a very interesting way.
Stacey was a great guide on the journey about how to apply the techniques she discussed. She took us step-by-step through how we could incorporate various methods and how each person/individual could modify them to their own unique needs or situation. Stacey equipped everyone with plenty of tools and strategies to calm themselves, to care for themselves, to cope better, and to realize that "good enough" really is OK right now.
-Rosemarie P. Cann, BS, RDMS, RDCS, CME Coordinator. Ultrasound solutions Corp.
RESIDENT WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
The goal of these workshops is to support well-being while strengthening connection and community.
Each topic is related back to personal values and a variety of exercises and activities are utilized to maximize engagement, inclusion and impact. Workshops can be adapted to the specific needs and interests of the group, can include single or multiple topics, and range in time from 1-4 hours. General concepts of self care and self compassion and woven throughout each topic.
Workshops can be adapted to the specific needs of the audience. Prior workshops have included:
STRESS MANAGEMENT. This is a large topic with many options offered. We review a number of different tools to manage stress “on the go” from metacognition to a focus on physical sensations to MBSR (mind body stress reduction). We can incorporate time management skills aligned with values. We also talk about the nature of thought, how our attachment to our own thinking creates the reality of our experience, and how to detach from our thoughts. For physicians, we discuss the stressors of medical practice and training with empathy and support and resiliency. Depending on time, we will practice different skills during the session.
FOOD AND MOVEMENT.How to eat well (or at least better) and move your body while living a busy life. Basic lifestyle medicine is included as well as coaching exercises to connect with values, and support behavior change. The most positive feedback usually comes from the recipes and meal planning tips portion as well as the group discussion and brainstorming session. Depending on the group size, samples of easy and quick healthy breakfast foods or snacks may be shared.
FINANCE. This is a workshop to uncover underlying beliefs/expectations and personal values around money to support making conscious and empowered decisions. For physicians, we review some facts about physician wealth from the Medscape survey and discuss why physicians are amongst the highest earners yet do not have the best financial portfolios. For residents and medical students, a brainstorming group exercise is included to share educational resources for loan repayment and financial literacy as well and budgeting and saving, We also review James Dahle's recommendations for residency and first year out from “The White Coat Investor”.
COMMUNICATION. We practice skills in reflective listening and communication. I often show a TED talk incorporating one of the other topics to serve as a catalyst for discussion.
OTHER TOPICS: Handling negative emotions, human error in medicine, behavior change, time management and understanding personality types.
GRAND ROUNDS AND LECTURES
PHYSICIAN WELL BEING
BURN OUT PREVENTION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
BALANCE: WORK, RELATIONSHIPS AND SELF
STRESS MANAGEMENT: QUICK AND EASY TECHNIQUES
LIVING WITH INTENTION: A PRIMER FOR PHYSICIANS
MANAGING STRESS DURING COVID 19 FOR SONOGRAPHERS
Prior talks have included: Lifestyle Medicine, The Blue Zones, Finding Your Internal Valium Switch, and Self Care for Busy People.