Many individuals are impacted by the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences, resulting from accidents, illnesses, interpersonal violence and other traumas. About 75% of these individuals will evidence resilience (Meichenbaum, 2012). Resilience is the ability to bounce back after trauma by utilizing effective coping strategies to handle ongoing adversities. Resilience is not a characteristic trait that we either have or do not have, but instead determines core competencies within ourselves that can be nurtured, developed and learned. This presentation aims to provide practical tools to help increase personal growth after experiencing trauma for staff and clients. More specifically, this presentation will cover specific ways to bolster our own resilience in six domains: physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and spiritual. Finally, this presentation will consider ways to tailor these resilience behaviours to promote quality of life.
Presenter: Sumeet Shergill graduated from University of Wales with a MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2010. Sumeet earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2009. She is a behaviour consultant at York-Simcoe Brain Injury Services and a professor at Seneca College. Sumeet became a registered psychotherapist in May 2015.