Imposter Syndrome

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 12:00pm

March 17th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM (in Zoom).  Register. This interactive workshop, within the Graduate Wellness Discussion Series, will be facilitated by members of UBC Counselling Services and the Health and Promotion Education Unit, and focuses on understanding and managing feelings of the imposter phenomenon.

Topics covered include:

  • The imposter syndrome/phenomenon – what it is and how it impacts your life
  • The Competence Rulebook for Mere Mortals (Valerie Young)
  • The 5 competence types
  • Resources, strategies, and creating an action plan


Karen Flood (she/her), Ph.D. is a Registered Psychologist with UBC Counselling Services. 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. She is an alumni of UBC’s Faculty of Education, Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.

Levonne Abshire (she/her), MEd. is an Interim Co-Director of Health Promotion and Education with Student Health and Wellbeing. 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. She is an alumni of UBC’s Faculty of Education, Educational Studies.

More on the series:  This series, designed to offer additional mental health and wellbeing support geared specifically towards graduate students and centered around known stressors many graduate students are faced with, is a partnership between UBC Counselling Services, the Health and Promotion Education Unit, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Enrollment Services, and graduate student representatives.  The goals of this series are to identify and address key mental health concerns, foster agency and resiliency, develop proactive coping strategies, identify resources, and create social connections through discussion. These sessions are best suited for graduate students who feel challenged in the topic area under discussion and are wanting support to make a change.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 12:00pm