Impostor Syndrome Workshops

The most popular workshop Crystal provides is the Impostor Syndrome Workshop. Impostor syndrome, a term developed in the 1970s, involves doubting one’s abilities or accomplishments, which can lead to crippling anxiety or fear of exposure as a “fraud.” More recent research has suggested that applying a trauma-informed, trans-inclusive, intersectional feminist lens can best aide in addressing these feelings and their impact. This training defines, identifies, and helps mitigate impostor syndrome within oneself and in organizations and communities.

Beginning with an interactive presentation, Crystal offers perspective on impostor syndrome based on social sciences research, historical data, personal anecdotes, and global perspectives. Applied exercises help each participant understand and address imposter syndrome directly. Combined with a 16-page handout and “homework” for after the session concludes, the Impostor Syndrome Workshop is designed to help manage feelings of impostor syndrome, increase personal understanding of underlying causes of the issue, and assist in creating an organization that doesn’t increase impostor syndrome feelings in others.

The ideal format for the workshop is 3.5 to 4 hours, with 10 to 30 participants, which allows time for discussion and practicing skills. A shorter version of the workshop can be as brief as 90 minutes. Crystal can work effectively with small groups and individuals.

Rates vary depending on the number of participants and size of organization. Corporate entities pay a rate of $7,500 per workshop (for up to 30 participants per session), not including travel costs. Nonprofits, volunteer organizations, educational institutions, and private individuals receive a discount, dependent on circumstances.

A sample flyer for the workshop can be found here: Impostor Syndrome Workshop Flyer for University of Chicago, Feb 2019

You can also watch a 35 minute talk about impostor syndrome that Crystal gave at the Lead Developer Conference in 2016.

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