Running on Empty: A Self Care Webinar for Healthcare Professionals | The Ismaili Canada

Running on Empty: A Self Care Webinar for Healthcare Professionals

April 1, 2021 | Canada

New challenges have developed over the past year which have forced us to adapt our personal and professional practices. The way in which we care for ourselves may also need to change accordingly.

Join Sanam Amiri, a registered provisional psychologist, and Zahra Jessa, a registered psychologist, in a discussion with moderator Dr. Bilkis Vissandjée about the experience of burn-out and the importance of individualized self-care. They will provide perspectives and share methods in order to care for ourselves.


Sanam Amiri is a registered provisional psychologist and a Canadian certified counsellor. She has worked in primary care to educate individuals on mental health and well-being, as well as in counselling agencies to support individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. She works with individuals and families, and she is currently working with children who are experiencing grief and loss.

Zahra Jessa is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Over the past ten years, her work has been focused on helping people with addiction, mental health, interpersonal violence, capacity/decision-making, and acculturation challenges. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Zahra was a secondary teacher in Calgary, Mexico, Egypt, and Indonesia for ten years. Zahra's work in the mental health and education fields has given her insight into the importance of life balance as well as the importance of self-care and self-compassion.

Dr. Bilkis Vissandjée is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Montreal. She is a researcher at the SHERPA frontline research centre, the Montreal Centre for International Studies, and the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research. Alongside national and international partners, her research work’s focus is to address the challenges associated with providing accessible, equitable, and quality care within a diversified socio-cultural context while taking into account the complex intersection of gender, migration experiences, and ethnicity. Dr. Vissandjée has recently been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the Canada Research Chairs Program.

She is also the sitting Vice President of the Quebec Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health and Social Services to Persons from Ethnocultural Communities created by the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec. She currently leads a transnational and international team grant funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the European Commission on addressing the complex experiences related to gender-based violence in migrant-host countries.

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