ECCS Course Overview

The course is in the form of a small group CME program for physicians, with a limit of six participants per group. The overall length is six days, with a three day initial intensive course followed by three required one-day follow-up sessions over the course of one year (1, 3 and 6 month follow-up).

Course Faculty:

The core faculty is from the Physicians Wellness Program and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.  The three core faculty all have extensive experience working with physicians and other professionals.

PenberthyK J. Kim Penberthy, M.A., Ph.D., ABPP (Co-Director), Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
SchorlingJ John Schorling, M.D., M.P.H. (Co-Director), Harry T. Peters, Sr. Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Director, Physician Wellness Program
TiouririneN Nassima Ait-Daoud, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science

Meeting Dates:

October 14-16, 2019

Charlottesville, VA


560 Ray C Hunt Drive, 2nd Floor

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Free Parking

For additional information about enrolling or referring, please contact: To register, visit, click on “Conferences and Symposia” and scroll down until you see the ECCS course and click on “Register”.



  • 360 degree assessments obtained prior to attending program to assess behaviors and interpersonal/communication styles and skills
  • Assess for DSM-IV Axis I-V diagnoses – can be done in house or provided by client
  • Assess stage or readiness to change in general and/or for pertinent behaviors (i.e., Anger Readiness to Change Questionnaire)*
  • Assess burnout*
  • Assess satisfaction and quality of life*


* can be assessed via client-completed questionnaires prior to arrival for program

Day One: (9 am to 5 pm):

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Orientation to Program
  • Review confidentiality
  • Review of burnout, quality of life, satisfaction, and readiness to change measures
  • Clarification of ambivalence about being here (ties into above assessments via the decisional matrix exercise) – group exercise: emotional check up or AI and sharing your story
  • Break for Lunch (provided)
  • Introduction to personality & communication style, interpersonal impact on others – (MBI or IMI) and idea of means end thinking to achieve interpersonal goals
  • Identification of key issues/goals for individuals and the group
  • Introduction to functional analysis/chain analysis of maladaptive behavior/communication patterns and strategies to incorporate information about own personality, interpersonal communication style and goals
  • Assign Homework: complete functional analysis log; complete Significant Other History (SOH) and CBASP Interpersonal Questionnaire (CIQ) and Genogram for review on day two
  • Summary, feedback/questions, emotional check-in, and adjourn

Day Two: (9 am to 5 pm):

  • Check-in and review of homework assignments – AI or emotional check up
  • Review SOH/CIQ and Genogram (role-play)
  • Introduction to Effective Communication Skills and how they translate into effective interpersonal interactions and behaviors and goal achievement
  • The Role of Empathy
  • Break for Lunch (provided)
  • Review functional analysis homework and explore more adaptive behaviors and   solutions – group exercise/role-play
  • Stress management: preventing, reducing, and coping with stress
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) – group exercise
  • Mindfulness training – group exercise
  • Assign Homework: practice Mindfulness exercise or PMR; complete a functional analysis of a situation to bring for role-play
  • Summary, feedback/questions, emotional check-in, and adjourn


Day Three: (9 am to 5 pm)

  • Check-in and review of homework assignments
  • The role of cultural and social awareness
  • Review of interpersonal boundaries and sexual harassment issues
  • Anger management and self-control – group exercise
  • Assertiveness training – group exercises
  • Role-play interpersonal situations brought in by group members – role-play
  • Break for Lunch (provided)
  • Feedback on role-plays and lessons learned – group exercise
  • Importance of exercise and diet in self-care
  • Reducing burnout and improving job satisfaction
  • Review of resilience
  • Increasing positive interpersonal and communication skills –group exercise
  • Relapse prevention, maintaining progress
  • Homework for the one-month follow-up session is assigned
  • Summary, feedback/questions, emotional check-in, completion of post assessment questionnaires
  • Adjourn


Full day follow-up sessions are scheduled for one, three, and six months following the program. Additional assessments will include 360 degree evaluations, and all other pre-intervention assessments, and will be completed prior to the follow-up sessions for review in session.

This program has an emphasis on assessment and feedback to identify skill deficits and promote skill enhancement. We will incorporate a client workbook which will contain aspects of above and provide space for notes and self-work.