267199 Building Resiliency: The Key to Successful Change across the Lifespan

Monday, October 29, 2012

Suzanne Evans, Ed D , School of Health & Human Services, National University, San Diego, CA
Cynthia Schubert-Irastorza, EdD , School of Education, National University, San Diego, CA
Resiliency is defined as the ability to survive and thrive in the face of change, challenge, and disruption without exhibiting dysfunctional behavior. Resiliency is a key skill for surviving and thriving in these changing and challenging times. Resilient people adapt to change quickly and flourish in new environments. As leaders in education and health, we regularly called upon to help individuals accept necessary changes and adapt in a constructive manners. By gaining information about current research in the science of resiliency and discussing the specific traits and skills found in highly resilient people, session participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own resiliency skills and increase their ability to help others build and maintain these positive attitudes and resilient mind-sets. The session presenters will introduce and guide participants through proven strategies, techniques, and resources designed to help navigate successfully through the inevitable challenges and conflicts in life through self-assessment and discussions of the seven C-steps for building resiliency: Control, Challenge, Connection, Cohesiveness, Commitment, Creativity and Competence

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will : 1. Explore research related to the importance of resiliency in human health and characteristics of highly resilient people. 2. Explore proven strategies, techniques, and resources designed to help navigate through today’s professional challenges and changes. 3. Self-reflect to identify personal resiliency traits and skills

Keywords: Change, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Suzanne F. Evans is associate professor in the School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) at National University (NU) in San Diego, CA. Dr. Evans holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction, MS in Recreation Administration, and a BS in Education. A Nationally Board certified teacher, she has over 35 years experience working with children and adults as an educator, teacher leader, administrator, and trainer in school, recreation and hospital settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.