Building Resilience in Challenging Times: Helping Clients Cope with Adversity, Loss, Stress and Trauma

1 day 4:00pm – 6:00pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

This three-part webinar series will provide practitioners with the very practical tools they need to help clients (and themselves!) strengthen the capacities to cope with any level of adversity – from a series of small annoyances to the troubles and tragedies that break their hearts and sometimes break their spirits, to the utter catastrophes that change their lives forever. Recovering those capacities, innate in the brain and underlying any theoretical orientation or therapeutic modality, is the heart of the therapeutic process.

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change; but that they build nests in our hair, this you can prevent. Chinese proverb

Resilience, the capacities to cope quickly and skilfully with any crises or catastrophe, is especially needed in times of sudden upheaval and radical transitions such as we’re experiencing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This three-part Zoom workshop series will provide practitioners with the very practical tools they need to help clients (and themselves!) strengthen the capacities to cope with any level of adversity – from a series of small annoyances to the troubles and tragedies that break their hearts and sometimes break their spirits, to the utter catastrophes that change their lives forever. Recovering those capacities, innate in the brain and underlying any theoretical orientation or therapeutic modality, is the heart of the therapeutic process.

Session One will teach the practices clients can use to manage anxiety, distress, and overwhelm, reverse the impact of stress and trauma, and recover the natural baseline equilibrium of the nervous system in ways that are safe, efficient, and effective. Linda will demonstrate tools and techniques to help clients manage surges of powerful disruptive emotions while cultivating the positive emotional experiences that reliably shift the functioning of the brain from negativity, contraction, dissociation, and reactivity to more receptivity, more openness to learning and growth, more optimism. The direct, measurable, cause and effect outcome of these processes is resilience.

Session Two will include practices to help clients bounce back from any disappointment, difficulty, or even disaster by developing the mindful empathy and self-compassion needed to deepen their self-awareness and self-acceptance and deepen the safety in connection with others that creates both refuges and resources in times of trouble. Clients will also learn to strengthen their capacities of conscious reflection that allows them to learn more flexible and adaptive coping strategies, rewire dysfunctional coping patterns that block their learning and growth, discern new options, and make wise choices.

Session Three introduces the five factors of post-traumatic growth and guides clinicians through a step-by--step process for helping clients cultivate the resilience mindset that allows them bounce forward, transforming any adversity or series of adversities into learning and growth, finding new meaning, purpose, and even thriving in their lives. People do learn and grow from meeting the challenges and adversities of life when they have the support, resources, and skills to do so.

At the end of the series, participants will be able to:

  • Use body-based tools - breath, touch, movement, visualization, to reverse the impact of stress and trauma on the nervous system, helping clients return to an inner sense of safety, calm, and equilibrium, the range of resilience

  • Teach clients the ABC’s of working with emotions – awareness, allowing, accepting, being with, be-friend, compassion and care

  • Teach practices to cultivate the self-awareness and self-appreciation that helps clients heal from toxic shame, retire the inner critic and recover their inner well-being

  • Adapt practices of mindfulness to help clients identify dysfunctional patterns of coping and discern new choices of behaviour

  • Guide clients through the steps of shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset to create new options for moving forward in their lives.

This workshop will run over three Wednesdays on Zoom, at a convenient time in the afternoons, between 16.00 and 18.00 UK time. Linda will be joining us from California.

19 May 2021

Session 1 will teach the practices clients can use to manage anxiety, distress, and overwhelm, reverse the impact of stress and trauma, and recover the natural baseline equilibrium of the nervous system in ways that are safe, efficient, and effective. Linda will demonstrate tools and techniques to help clients manage surges of powerful disruptive emotions while cultivating the positive emotional experiences that reliably shift the functioning of the brain from negativity, contraction, dissociation, and reactivity to more receptivity, more openness to learning and growth, more optimism. The direct, measurable, cause and effect outcome of these processes is resilience.

26 May 2021

Session 2 will include practices to help clients bounce back from any disappointment, difficulty, or even disaster by developing the mindful empathy and self-compassion needed to deepen their self-awareness and self-acceptance and deepen the safety in connection with others that creates both refuges and resources in times of trouble. Clients will also learn to strengthen their capacities of conscious reflection that allows them to learn more flexible and adaptive coping strategies, rewire dysfunctional coping patterns that block their learning and growth, discern new options, and make wise choices.

2 June 2021

Session 3 introduces the five factors of post-traumatic growth and guides clinicians through a step-by--step process for helping clients cultivate the resilience mindset that allows them bounce forward, transforming any adversity or series of adversities into learning and growth, finding new meaning, purpose, and even thriving in their lives. People do learn and grow from meeting the challenges and adversities of life when they have the support, resources, and skills to do so.

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Linda Graham will be a special guest at SDS Free Thursday on 29 April 2021, 7 PM UK Time. To receive your invitation sign up at www.skillsdevelopment.co.uk

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This course comes with 7 CPD Hours.

This course is suitable for all practitioners who come across issues of adversity, loss, stress and trauma in their client work.

This course counts as a follow up training for all SDS Students who have obtained SDS Accreditation in Trauma (BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments). You accreditation extends accordingly after this training.

It also stands as a stand-alone CPD training.

Course Tutor

Linda Graham
MFT

Linda Graham, MFT, psychotherapist, trauma therapist and author in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA