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You Are Not a Fraud! The Reality of Impostor Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

May 25

12:00 pm PT


Ever felt inadequate? Like a faker? In dog training, coaching or life you have nearly certainly experienced this or encountered someone who feels this way.

Why does that happen? Join Andrea to explore the studies and science of Impostor Syndrome and why it’s a misnomer and then spend some time looking at specific implementable ways to overcome it – or at least suppress it long enough to accomplish what you need or want. We’ll also explore how to support colleagues and students suffering from this. Andrea is already looking forward to a wide-ranging and interesting Question and Answer session at the end of the presentation!

Presented By:

Andrea Harrison

Andrea Harrison is passionate about all species, including dogs and humans! Having lived with dogs her whole life, Andrea was an early convert to positive training for people and dogs. She has taken this message to the media many times, including regular appearances on many TV shows and news programs, as well as print and radio.

Active as a foster home since 1994, Andrea has had many opportunities to work with dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperament types. She has experience working with a wide variety of people as an educator and counsellor for over 20 years! She has worked with people of all ages on being successful and reducing anxiety and stress using her training in counselling, personality typing, and experiences. Differentiating learning experiences for her students has always been a priority for her.

Andrea and her dogs have many titles between them, with placements in Regional and National agility competitions with Brody and Sally. Her superstar dog Sally was the canine lead in the feature film “Saving Dinah” and Andrea was the animal talent coordinator for the film. She also has experience animal wrangling for television shows like Zooboomafoo.

Her competitive canine addiction is agility, though she enjoys training and teaching nose work as well. Her students have taught her about all kinds of sports – agility, scent work, obedience, rally, freestyle, barn hunt and protection sports are just some of the areas her students focus on, often at elite and national levels.

But more broadly than competitive sports Andrea makes a difference to people’s partnerships and lives too. Her students say things like “Andrea is a wonderful instructor providing support when needed and challenging you at the same time to expand and explore every part of you and your psyche”, “Andrea is funny, patient and non-judgmental, a real model for how I’d like to be with my own students” and “Andrea – you are awesome. You are so very giving to all your students. Classes with you are a haven! Thank you, thank you thank you.” are typical of the feedback she receives from clients.

You can learn more about the work Andrea does at her personal site: