Resilience Through the Lifespan: Maximizing Personal Strength in the Face of Trauma
When faced with a traumatic event, some people display an incredible capacity for resilience. The question is, how can we strengthen this capacity in other people so they can be more resilient before, during, and after a traumatic event? This conference will focus on the themes of resilience and self-care, and look at concrete skills that people can use to build resilience in themselves, their clients, their families, and their communities.
Keynote Address by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD: "The Journey from Trauma to Resilience: Specific Ways to Bolster Resilience"
Following exposure to traumatizing and victimizing experiences, some 75 % of individuals will evidence some level of resilience, while 25% will evidence some form of persistent chronic psychiatric difficulties such as PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorders. In this presentation, Dr. Meichenbaum will consider what distinguishes these two groups from a Constructive Narrative perspective and the implications for assessment and treatment decision-making. He will discuss specific ways to bolster a client's resilience and improve treatment outcomes.
Additional Presentations: "Is It In You? The Role of Playfulness in Healing and Strengthening Children Deeply Impacted by Trauma"
Steve Gross, MSW, Chief Playmaker at Life is good Playmakers, a nonprofit organization that uses play to strengthen and heal children whose lives have been deeply impacted by trauma.
"Making Meaning from Chaos: Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings and Aftermath"
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, Co-founder/Director, and Waheeda Saif, LMHC, Program Coordinator from Riverside Trauma Center.