Expanding our Definition of Resilience [2021-11-17]

In the last year, a pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Many of us are working through this pandemic in conditions that are not familiar to an efficient workplace. We have been witness to the trauma and victimizing experiences that have resulted from Covid-19, as well as other life stressors such as accidents, systemic racism and violence. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from stress and chaos by using effective coping strategies to handle ongoing adversities. However, this is not the only definition of resilience to be considered. Social determinants of health are also tied to resiliency. This presentation aims to provide examples of resilience within different cultures and marginalized groups where individuals, groups and entire communities continue to demonstrate resilience under chronic and complex adversity.

This talk aims to provide practical tools to help increase personal growth after experiencing life stressors, especially within the last year. We will look at specific strategies that we can use to bolster our own resilience as we navigate the changes to our home, social and workspaces. This clinical talk will also discuss resilience interventions from both a collectivist perspective and will highlight steps to building a cultural understanding of resilience. Finally, this talk will address barriers to resiliency and the role of cognitive dissonance in adopting new behaviours and perspectives.


Sumeet Shergill