Enhancing Resilience in Multi-Stressed Families

Some children raised in challenging environments come out fine, others don’t. Youth who do well in life despite growing up in stressful circumstances are described as “resilient”. Since it’s not always possible to make everything go right for children in difficult environments, we sometimes need to think of how to help them in spite of their life circumstances. In this workshop we will look at the empirically identified characteristics of resilient children and families. We will consider ways to facilitate those characteristics in “multi-stressed” families. While compatible with strength-focused interventions, this approach differs in assuming greater emphasis on positive relationships as a source of positive outcomes. Topics will include:

· finding motivation for change and sustaining it
· facilitating relationships which support resilience
· using extended family
· developing a sense of efficacy
· utilizing peers
· creating hope
· choosing goals well

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $125

Location: Portland, ME

6 CEUs