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Managing Impostor Syndrome: Have Confidence in Your Competency (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

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Financial: Carolyn McManus receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 118 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

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Have you ever felt unqualified for your job title or worried that your colleagues will find out you're not so smart after all? Do you discount your successes or attribute accomplishments to luck? If these habits are familiar to you, you may be experiencing the impostor phenomenon, a behavior often observed in high-achieving healthcare students and professionals.

This webinar is designed for you! The information provided will enable you to name your experience and recognize you are not alone, and empower you to engage in strategies to reduce impostor attributes. You will learn common imposter misperceptions and factors that give rise to impostor thoughts and feelings. You will gauge your imposter tendencies by completing a simple impostor phenomenon assessment tool and gain insight into how impostor misperceptions can impact your career. Eight practical strategies are offered that empower you to acknowledge your accomplishments, curtail imposter thinking habits, reduce self-doubt, accept that no one is perfect, and adopt a realistic attitude toward your professional competencies.

Combining lecture and experiential exercises, this webinar is applicable to healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered nurses, and athletic trainers who want to say goodbye to feeling like an impostor.

Meet Your Instructor

Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher, and professional trainer and is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare. She is the past president of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Pain Special Interest Group. She holds master's degrees in physical therapy and in psychology. Since 1985, she has integrated…

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1. An Introduction to the Impostor Experience

This chapter begins by inviting participants to remember an experience of feeling like an imposter. The question of impostor “phenomenon” or “syndrome” is addressed, and the impostor experience is defined. Contributing factors, comorbid mental health conditions, and career impacts are identified.

2. Impostor Phenomenon Measurement Scales

Four scales for assessing impostor phenomenon levels are introduced. Participants are invited to complete the Leary Impostorism Scale.

3. Research Examining an Impostor Syndrome Educational Workshop

Components of an interprofessional educational impostor syndrome workshop are reviewed. Key research results are highlighted.

4. Strategies to Address the Impostor Experience

Eight strategies to address impostor thoughts and feelings are presented. Participants are invited to recall the experience of being an impostor they identified at the beginning of the webinar and reflect upon it through the lens of the eight strategies.

5. Interview With an Early Career Physical Therapist

An early career physical therapist discusses her imposter experience and the strategies she engages to effectively address it.

6. Question & Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Carolyn McManus.

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