Friday, November 17, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CST
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Hilton Garden Inn 
2702 Mid America Dr.
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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Kandi McCool 
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Hope and Resilience Workshop

Trauma informed communities and organizations realize and understand trauma and paths for recovery; recognize symptoms of trauma in the children and families they serve; respond by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and actively seek to deliver services is a manner that does not re-traumatize the individual (SAMHSA, 2016). Yet, a trauma-informed approach may not be enough to turn the curve as it only addresses one side of the equation. This session will focus on hope as the antidote to the negative effects of chronic, and unpredictable toxic stress.

Hope is the leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business—as well as of a healthier, happier life (Gallup, 2016). Hope matters; it is a purposeful action and can be learned and spread to others. This highly interactive session will harness the power of hope and provide tools and resources to build hope and resilience in work with families.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will identify their spark and articulate the connection to their work

  • Participants will understand the concept of ambiguity, particularly ambiguous loss, and identify strategies for recognizing and dealing with ambiguity
  • Participants will be able to define hope and use at least 2 tools for building hope in themselves and others
  • Participants will complete and reflect on their own hope score and identify barriers and opportunities for spreading hope
  • Participants will identify at least 3 strategies for building hope and resilience in their work

Workshop Outline:

  1. Introduction and finding your spark
  2. Recognizing trauma and acknowledging the past
  3. Living with ambiguity: how ambiguous loss can offer hope
  4. Strengths-based practice and positive psychology
  5. Defining key concepts and building a toolbox: 
  • Hope
  • Mindset
  • Grit
  • Developmental relationships
  • Empathy
  • Dealing with change
  • Hope is contagious: how to spread hope

Upcoming Series of Events:

November 17 - 8:30 to 3:30  Hope & Reslience Workshop presented by Rebecca Gillam, MSW PhD

January 19 - 8:30 to 3:30  Neuroscience of Trauma presented by Karen Williams MSSW

February 15 and 16 - 8:30 to 3:30  Protective Factors Training presented by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

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Seats will be limited and priority may be given to individuals who participated in the October discussion and/or serve Pottawattamie.