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Evoking Resilience
Strategies, skills and insights for finding strengths in the face of adversity
A 1-day training day led by Dr Chris Johnstone

Saturday 30 November 2013

09.30   Registration and Coffee

Stories of resilience
Combining a narrative approach with positive psychology research, the first session maps out a framework for understanding resilience and the factors that contribute to it. We will look at how stories - including works of fiction, autobiographies and the personal narratives of our clients, provide a rich resource that illustrates what resilience can look like. Such stories become reference points that help inspire a response of rising to the occasion when facing adversity. While the story of resilience has many different forms, there are common patterns we can learn to recognise, such as the seeking out of allies, discovery of hidden strengths or ways that crisis can become a significant turning point. Familiarity with these patterns helps us explore questions such as 'if I was to find my resilience in this situation, what might I do?'
11.15   Coffee

Post-traumatic growth
Post-Traumatic Growth is the term used to describe positive psychological changes that follow highly challenging life circumstances. Such positive changes are often hard won, emerging out of the struggle to cope with, or make sense of, disturbing events. This session looks at how we can support clients face and recover from trauma in ways that help them find strengths, opportunities and allies they hadn't recognised before. For example, by exploring with them past occasions that were difficult at the time, but which led to changes they now value, we can help them recognise their own experience of post-traumatic growth. The image of the pearl in the oyster is used to illustrate this process, as the pearl is a product of the oyster's response to trauma. If we know that pearls are a possible outcome of traumatic experience, we can then become interested in the conditions that help them form.
13.00   Lunch

Cultivating protective factors
While awareness of risk factors helps us identify vulnerabilities, a focus on protective factors strengthens a client's capacity to address the risks they face. We will look at a range of 'protective processes' - things we do rather than have - that enhance our ability to get through challenging times. These include developing a crisis drill, use of problem solving tools, mindfulness practices, flexible thinking-strategies and building networks of support.
15.30   Tea

Resilience in the psychotherapist
The last session looks at how we apply resilience-promoting strategies, skills and insights ourselves, particularly in response to the challenges we face as psychotherapists. The six-part story method introduced earlier in the day will be used as a template for mapping adversities we face, as well as potential sources of resilience that support our response. We will look at real-time resilience strategies for use in emergencies, as well as more regular 'background' practices that strengthen our coping capacity.
17.00   End

Self-funded: £120
Organisationally-funded: £190
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

The Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
20-28 Bolsover Street

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00