Teaching Academy

Invited Guest Speakers


Dr. Laurie Fonken 


Healer's Art 

April 2-3, 2018
Laurie Fonken

 

Dr. Laurie Fonken, LPC, PhD  -  licensed psychotherapist, is a coordinator of DVM Counseling and Wellness Programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She provides support and counseling services to students, interns and residents, oversees the wellness curriculum, coordinates the DVM orientation for incoming students, teaches courses, and directs and teaches CSU's "The Healer’s Art" Course.

Over the last 30 years she has worked in private practice, clinical hospitals, and non-profit, governmental and educations settings. She is involved in AVMA Wellness Roundtable, Veterinary Wellbeing Think Tank, and overseeing planning and implementation of the 2016 AAVMC Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit Conference.As a Colorado native she spends time in nature, loves trail running, and enjoys outdoor adventures with her two sons.

 

Healer's Art

During veterinary education, while it is crucial to learn medicine and science, it is important to address competencies such as professionalism, self-care, meaning, and community. The Healer’s Art provides an opportunity to infuse healing, service, wholeness and relationship into veterinary education. The Healer’s Art creates time for students to reflect and remember what brought them to veterinary medicine and why they want to work with caregivers and their animals. The course provides a safe place for students to explore their feelings, passions, struggles and aspirations with one another. Students will learn not only to share with others, but to listen to others with an open mind and heart, broadening their perspective, promoting diversity awareness and respect for others.

JVME Article the Healer's Art

History of Healer's Art

The Healer’s Art course was designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) and professor of Family and Community Medicine at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. The course is currently offered in over 90 medical schools throughout the world, and in several veterinary schools, Colorado State University, University of California, Davis, Oklahoma State University, Tufts University and University of Wisconsin.

The course consists of five 3- hour sessions. Each session will begin with a brief talk given by a veterinarian focusing on the topic of that evening’s session. Then the group will break out into small groups, where individuals will share their thoughts and feelings on the topic. There will be 4-5 students per group facilitator.

Small group work encourages storytelling and the building of non-competitive communities of colleagues that can listen deeply to each other and allow for the healing presence of silence. In small groups students and faculty facilitators practice the skills that will sustain their humanistic values, compassion, strengths and wisdom in relationship to pet owners, animals, colleagues and their veterinary team in the future. The group facilitators will be veterinarians who are receptive and willing to take on the role as participant as opposed to instructor. Faculty are as profoundly affected by The Healer’s Art as the students, reporting professional renewal and enhanced enthusiasm for teaching and passion for veterinary medicine.

Schedule of Events:

Monday (April 2nd):
  • 12:10 pm - Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine (FMVM)

      Description: Come learn about a new group for WSU CVM faculty and clinicians. This group is for you whether you are in practice, doing research, teaching, etc! Laurie Fonken will teach you how to group is structured and how it may benefit you no matter what position you have in veterinary medicine. The FMVM approach is very simple yet the outcomes are often profound. No special group skills are required other than the ability to participate in a conversation in which everyone’s ideas matter and everyone has a chance to speak. People feel less alone, less stressed and more able to bring their own values and perspectives to the work of veterinary medicine.

      Location: ADBF 1002

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Healer’s Art - Presentation for DVM Students
    • Description: Please join us for an informal presentation and discussion of what the Healer’s Art can offer you, a veterinary student. This is for students only and we will be discussing a new course that will offer many aspects of medicine not otherwise address in the general curriculum. We will be discussing the art of medicine and remember the reason you chose this influential and rewarding field.

      Location: ADBF 2018/2020

    Tuesday (April 3rd):
    • 12:10 pm; Healer’s Art
      • Description: Come learn about a possible new course that will be integrated into the curriculum. Laurie Fonken has implemented this course at Colorado State University and it has been a huge success! And we need your input regarding how we might roll it out at WSU. This informational session is for faculty and students and will provide an opportunity to learn about the different modules. The Healer’s Art offers a space to infuse healing, service, wholeness and relationship into veterinary education. The Healer’s Art creates time for students to reflect and remember what brought them to veterinary medicine and why they want to work with caregivers and their animals. The course provides a safe place for students to explore their feelings, passions, struggles and aspirations with one another. Students will learn not only to share with others, but to listen to others with an open mind and heart, broadening their perspective, promoting diversity awareness and respect for others.

Location: ADBF 2018

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