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Enhancing Hardiness and Resilience

Enhancing Hardiness and Resilience

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483 – Enhancing Hardiness and Resilience


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Presented by: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Executive Director, AllCEUs

Host: Counselor Toolbox


Objectives

– Define resilience

– Identify characteristics that make people more resilient and ways we can enhance those characteristics

– Define Hardiness

– Examine what hardiness is important to resilience

Resilience

– Resilience is the capacity to bounce back

– Characteristics of resilient people:

– Awareness of and minimized vulnerabilities

– Healthy self-esteem

– Strong social support system

– Self-awareness

– Self-Efficacy

– Problem Solving Skills

– Practice acceptance

– Can tolerate distress

– Have an optimistic viewpoint

Awareness of Vulnerabilities

– Emotional Distress

– Emotional Eustress

– Mental Distress

– Mental Eustress

– Physical Distress

– Nutrition (poor nutrition, dieting, too much caffeine)

– Sleep

– Exercise (pain, exhaustion)

– Pain

– Illness

Vulnerabilities cont…

– Social Distress

– Social Eustress

– Environmental Distress

– Environmental Eustress

Self Esteem

– Ability to provide validation and acceptance of self

– Identify personal strengths and positive characteristics

– Separate who you are from what you do

– Explore cognitions about:

– Why other people’s opinions matter

– Attributions


Strong Social Support System

– Social supports are our greatest buffers against stress

– Relationships can be one of the greatest causes of stress

– Identify characteristics of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.

– Explore ways to nurture and enhance healthy relationships.

– Identify ways to deal with unhealthy people

– Learn about temperament and complimentarity

Self-Awareness

– Temperament

– Needs

– Wants

– Values (Truly important, driving forces)

– Goals

– Is what I am doing getting me closer to or further away from what is important to me

– Physical and emotional state in the present

– Triggers (positive and negative)


Self-Efficacy

– Believing in one’s own capacity to accomplish goals (effectiveness)

– Identification as a survivor not a victim (Locus of control)

– Hardiness

– Commitment: Motivation

– Control: Realistic understanding of what is within one’s control

– Challenge: Not too easy, but not overwhelming. Exciting opportunity

Problem Solving Skills

– Ability to conceptualize problems

– Willingness to seek out help

– Motivation to actually take action


– Don’t bring me a problem unless you have an idea for at least one realistic solution.

Acceptance

– Sometimes things just are…

– Unfortunate

– Inaccessible

– Unchangeable

– Willingness to accept life on life’s terms without

– Judging

– Trying to change the unchangable

Distress Tolerance

– Ability to feel a feeling without having to react

– “I am angry”

– “I am having a feeling of being angry”

– “I am angry but can choose whether or not to stew in it”

– Note

– There are no “You made me” (victim stance)

– There is no active attempt to change it at this point

– Feelings are there to tell us something. Fighting them or nurturing them only prolongs them.

Optimism

– Finding the silver lining

– Failure = Learning opportunity

– Relationships = Compassion

– Rainy day = Watering the plants

– Life change = Opportunity to find a new direction


Summary

– Resilience is the capacity to bounce back

– Resilience is a quality we can enhance in our clients while also helping them reduce distress.

– Characteristics of resilient people:

– Awareness of and minimized vulnerabilities

– Healthy self-esteem

– Strong social support system

– Self-awareness

– Self-Efficacy

– Problem Solving Skills

– Practice acceptance

– Can tolerate distress

– Have an optimistic viewpoint

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Enhancing Hardiness and Resilience

Enhancing Hardiness and Resilience

Charles Snipes