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Presentation Proposal - NACADA Annual Conference
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Conference Year: 2021
Session #: P04(PRE-3)
Title: In This Together - Identifying and Coaching Students Experiencing Imposter Phenomenon
Lead Presenter: Courtney Lewellen
Date: October 06, 2021    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 264, DECC
Abstract: Advising high-ability students facing Imposter Phenomenon requires a special skill set. As undergrads or in high school, high-ability students feel like they are the 'big fish' on campus. When they enter competitive undergraduate or graduate/professional programs, they are suddenly among other big fish and might feel 'average.' The presenters' research examined how this transition can create an identity crisis as students can 'lose' part of who they were. This workshop will explore how the feelings of Imposter Phenomenon can increase as students experience failure, question their career path, or battle pressure from family and peers through transitional moments. The Lead Advisors and Learning Strategist at a professional school have developed, implemented and improved a coaching method to best work with these students. They also researched which interventions increased students' sense of belonging as they work through feelings of Imposter Phenomenon, based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. In this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of Imposter Phenomenon through case studies focused on advising conversations; analyze three coaching methods that can be used with students; and practice methods and develop a plan for coaching students through Imposter Phenomenon to help develop a sense of belonging on their campuses.
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