Resilience is the ability to withstand, deal with, and/or recover from difficult situations. It includes our capacity to make the best of things, cope with stress and rise to the occasion. We, and the clients we work with, all have this ability, though not always as much as we, or they, might like. Research shows resilience-building interventions can improve mental health outcomes and performance in a range of settings, helping reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, and stress related harm. This is particularly needed in this period of pandemic and post-pandemic challenge.
Drawing on tools described in Chris Johnstone’s book Seven Ways to Build Resilience, this online workshop focuses on practical insights and evidence-based strategies both to use ourselves and to pass on to those we work with. We will look at what helps us as practitioners protect our own wellbeing when facing work pressures that include exposure to distressing material our clients may bring. We will also look at ways of supporting resilience in our clients as they work with and through challenging experiences, both in their lives, and in the journey of therapy.
– Ability to apply a resilience-mapping framework that makes it easier for you and your clients to identify factors that help resilience grow
– Familiarity with a range of evidence-based resilience practices we can use ourselves and also pass on to our clients
– Increased understanding of ways to integrate resilience insights, interventions, and practices into our work as therapists and the conversations we have with our clients.
About the Speaker:
With a background in medicine, psychology, training and group therapy, Chris has been involved in teaching resilience skills for over thirty years. He trained in a range of therapeutic approaches that have included humanistic psychology, counselling, coaching, family therapy, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology. Working for many years in the mental health field in Bristol, he ran a group-based programme teaching resilience skill. Moving to the north of Scotland in 2011, Chris now focusses on training and writing, his online resilience courses reaching people from more than sixty countries. His books include Seven Ways to Build Resilience and, co-authored with Joanna Macy, Active Hope.
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