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This webinar will be facilitated by members of UBC Counselling and the UBC Wellness Centre to assist graduate students in identifying and managing their competing roles and priorities encountered during their studies and research. Each of these roles entails different responsibilities and commitments. How school and work responsibilities align with one’s personal priorities, and relatedly, how one chooses to spend their time, can contribute to one’s sense of school/work-life balance. This already challenging balancing act is further complicated during the current pandemic. Despite the uniqueness of students’ situations, a key strategy will be highlighted to help students make decisions to move towards the life they want. There will also be opportunities to learn strategies from other participants.
Dr. Karen Flood (she/her), PhD, is a Registered Psychologist with UBC Counselling Services, situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She provides counselling to UBC students at both the Point Grey and Women and Children’s Hospital campuses. Current special interests include her work with graduate students, supporting individuals with the emotional impact of physical health concerns, and the clinical use of online resources such as Therapist Assistance Online (TAO). Prior to joining UBC, Karen worked as a clinical counsellor with patients and their families in health care settings, including the BC Cancer Agency, and as an online facilitator with Cancerchatcanada.
Levonne Abshire (she/her), MEd. is an Interim Co-Director of Health Promotion and Education, with the UBC Wellness Centre, situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She provides leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of health education programs and services to support student health and wellbeing through the Wellness Centre. Current special interests include her work in capacity building for staff and faculty in the area of mental health support, campus-wide health promotion including Thrive, and teaching practices that support student wellbeing. Prior to joining UBC, Levonne worked as a teacher in K-12 schools and an administrator in non-profit community recreation and health.
Samantha McGee (she/her), MA, is a pre-doctoral intern with UBC Counselling Services, situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She is an international student from the U.S., a wife, and mom of an 8-year-old girl. Her current special interests include her dissertation research which looks at the integration of psychology and religion/spirituality. Prior to coming to UBC, Samantha worked as a chemical dependency counsellor, facilitated groups with individuals struggling with eating disorders, and worked in an inpatient/outpatient setting with individuals with more severe mental health issues and hospice patients.