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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Rethinking Impostor Syndrome -

Understanding and Addressing Impostor Syndrome in Ourselves and Others

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Time: 9a-10:30a Program

Type: 1.5 CEUs (NYS LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Location: Live Webinar

Instructor: Dr. Valerie Young

Cost: $40pp, $30 Early Bird (register by 6/1/23)

Program Overview

I. Introduction

II. Definition and sources of impostor phenomenon

   A. Define impostor syndrome and how it differs from low self-esteem

   B. How to normalize impostor syndrome by addressing family, situational, occupational, societal, and organizational sources

   C. Define the concept of stereotype threat and how it can impact performance

III. The Core Common Source of Impostor Syndrome

   A. Overview of the 5 Competence Types (Perfectionist, Expert, Natural Genius, Soloist, Superhuman) and Poll

IV. Overview of common coping and protecting behaviors. Poll

V. Tools to address impostor syndrome in oneself or in those being counseled, supervised, mentored, or trained

   A. Reframing competence, failure/mistakes/criticism, and fear

   B. Changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

VII. Q&A and final take aways 

About the Speaker

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally recognized thought leader and the author of the award-winning book The Secret 

Thoughts of Successful Women: And Men, Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in 

Spite of It with Random House now available in six languages.

A former manager at a Fortune 200 company herself, Valerie has shared her highly relatable and practical advice to 

executives, managers, and professionals at such diverse organizations as Google, Pfizer, IBM, P&G, Facebook, Intel, Boeing, 

BP, Emerson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Carrier, JP Morgan, Molson Coors, McDonald’s (Europe), Merck, Microsoft, Chrysler, 

T. Rowe Price, Moody’s (UK), NASA, and the National Cancer Institute.

In addition, she’s spoken to faculty, students, and staff at over 100 colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and the UK including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Oxford. Valerie’s work has been cited around the world in dozens of media including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Science, The Guardian, The Irish Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Globe & Mail, and BBC radio.

She is co-founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute which trains and licenses organizations to deliver Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ in-house.

Valerie earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied internal barriers to women’s achievement. Although her research subjects consisted of a racially diverse group of professional women, much of her original findings have proved directly applicable to anyone with impostor feelings.