Overcoming Perfectionism: A New Way Forward (encore)

Presented by: 
Alex Abdel-Malek
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multi-Purpose Room
Focus Area: Resiliency in the Workplace

Program Description

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success. Striving for perfect often involves chronically doubting or second guessing yourself, being relentlessly hard on yourself (or others), and never feeling like you quite "make it." When chronic procrastination shows up in your workplace role, it can mean delays on your deadline completions, the possible strain on peer and supervisory relationships, and carrying around a sense of never feeling like you are "good enough."

This session will introduce participants to some of the concepts that drive perfectionism so that they may have a better understanding of what is going on as well as provide strategies to manage the challenging parts that arise within us that keep it going.

What You Will Learn

  • Identifying hallmarks of perfectionism as a mindset and how it is different from a “high standards” or success orientation
  • Perfectionistic sub-types
  • Explore the common meanings and origins of the perfectionistic mode of relating to the self or others
  • Strategies for moving from perfectionism to an achievement orientation in your work

How You Will Learn

  • Large and small group discussion
  • In-class exercises
  • Theory bursts
  • Self-reflection exercises

Audience / Context

This session is designed for AAPS members who struggle in their work due to perfectionism and prefer sessions that are short-format. This session is part of the Notions of Power Series. A series of  five professional development sessions that focus on helping AAPS members better understand their personal power to in the workplace in order to build personal productivity, resilience, and better work relationships. If you have any questions about the series or this particular session, please contact us at aaps.pd@ubc.ca

About Your Facilitator

Alex Abdel-Malek, MSW, RCC, is a psychotherapist, critical incident specialist, and professional trainer and speaker. He is devoted to understanding how meaningful choices affect our health and wellbeing. In addition to his own clinical practice, Alex is a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. He has developed programs for numerous organizations and trained professionals working in the public sector, including the CBC, Crown Counsel of BC, Thompson Rivers University, and UBC.

Event Details

Overcoming Perfectionism: A New Way Forward (encore)
Facilitated by Alex Abdel-Malek
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Session A: 9am–11am 
(webcast also available at this time) or
Session B: 12pm–2pm
Building: Liu Institute for Global Issues
Address:  6476 North West Marine Drive at West Mall [MAP]
Room: Multi-purpose room

To Register

Click here to register.

All registered attendees will receive a confirmation notice.

Please note this session is available exclusively to AAPS members, and there is no cost to attend.

Read about the full Notions of Power Series here.


Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session you registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing aaps.pd@ubc.ca. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

Photography: Please be advised that photos may be taken at this event for use in AAPS communications materials.