Fall Institute 2018 Agenda


Strategies to Promote a Culture of Well-being among Students and Faculty

Session I: Defining Well-being, Grit and Resilience

This session will set the stage for discussions of issues surrounding wellness and mental health in today’s educational settings.  The constructs of grit, resilience, and well-being will be discussed, along with many of the nuances and questions surrounding their application within pharmacy education.

Session II: Promoting Well-Being and Preventing Burnout in Faculty Members

The well-being of faculty is critical to promoting the well-being of students and sustaining the vitality of our institutions and the pharmacy profession. It has been reported that over 40% of pharmacy practice faculty may be suffering from burnout. As faculty and administrators, promoting a culture of well-being at our institutions will not only help our faculty but may also empower them to recognize and assist students when necessary.  In this session, faculty well-being including definitions of burnout and its potential effects on students, institutions and the profession will be discussed. The burnout crisis among healthcare professionals including residents and students will be described along with discussion of contributing factors. Attendees will conduct self-assessments to enhance their understanding of well-being and burnout as well as increase their awareness to identify issues in others.  Resources for promoting well-being and reducing burnout will also be presented.

Session III: Crisis Teams and Campus Threat Assessment Teams

Session III covers how colleges / schools should proactively create teams who deal with crisis and threatening situations in order to minimize impact on students.

Session IV: Guest speaker Nancy Harazduk

Nancy is director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She will be sharing her program which teaches students and faculty to integrate mindfulness meditation, imagery, autogenic training, biofeedback, journal writing and movement into their personal and professional lives for dealing with stress, anxiety and illness. Ms. Harazduk has trained over nine hundred healthcare professionals in Mind-Body Medicine.

Session V – Developing Real Life Solutions for Modern Day Student Stressor's

This session will cover aspects of how both college and personal environments effect students. Factors explored will range from a sense of feeling engaged both inside and outside of the classroom, inclusion and interpersonal connections, as well as how debt, food, and housing insecurity may contribute to student stress.  How to recognize a distressed student and developing a proper plan for support of students will be addressed.

Session VI – Designing a Well-being Program for Students - Panel Discussion

The 2018 Fall Institute final session is a panel discussion for speakers to relay their experiences and brainstorm thoughts on developing an environment of well-being at schools. This session is an open discussion with attendees to consider opportunities and challenges dealing with well-being.