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Challenging perfectionism

September 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Audience: All faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan.  


Do you ever feel like your relentless pursuit of the perfect project, report, meal or any other effort in life does more harm than good? When does striving for perfection become detrimental to your wellbeing and your productivity? 

Join us for a two-part workshop series on challenging perfectionism.  

Part 1:  

In the first session, we will begin by exploring what perfectionism is, where it shows up in real life, and how harmful it can be. We will also provide practical tools and tips to support you in challenging unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours related to perfectionism.  

Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of perfectionism as well as the tools to begin challenging and coping with perfectionistic mindsets in real life.  

Part 2: 

Building on the exploration of perfectionism from the Part 1 workshop, we will dive deeper into the topic. In part 2, we will explore how perfectionism can be a result of intergenerational trauma, as well as the links between perfectionism and productivity in our modern world. We will also deepen your understanding of how perfectionism shows up in everyday life and the costs associated with holding a perfectionistic mindset.  

Finally, we will introduce new skills and practical tools to help you challenge perfectionism and create healthy, sustainable systems in your life that will actually work with you and not against you. 

Participants will leave this workshop with a nuanced understanding of perfectionism, the factors that perpetuate it, and how to truly heal from this unhelpful mindset.

Dates and time: 

  • Part 1 – Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 11 am–12 pm PST 
  • Part 2 – Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 11 am–12 pm PST

Location: Zoom. 

Important Notes for this two-part series: 

  • We hope to see you at both sessions, as Part 2 builds off of Part 1. However, if you can only attend one session you are still welcome to enrol; you will get a lot of value from attending either Part 1 or Part 2.
  • The session will not be recorded, and the slides will not be shared.
  • Closed captioning can be enabled.

About Your Facilitator: 

Meghan Watson (she/her) is a licensed psychotherapist, clinical director and wellness consultant with over 10 years of experience in research and mental health. Meghan is also the founder and owner of Toronto-based therapy clinic Bloom Psychology and Wellness. Meghan earned her graduate degree from Boston University School of Medicine and specializes in working with individuals and couples struggling with understanding complex emotions, navigating body image and disordered eating, managing burnout and stress, and establishing healthy relationships.  

Dedicated to mental health awareness and advocacy, Meghan provides clinical insight, expert guidance and support to organizations and companies worldwide through her writing, speaking, consulting and clinical work from a mindful and growth-focused perspective. 

If you have any questions, please email Lauren Lee at lauren.lee@ubc.ca.