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This course will provide you with additional professional tools to support your clients on their resilience journey so that they can overcome trials, traumas, and other adverse circumstances they encounter.

 5.5 APA  and  ASWB-Social Work CE's are available.


Krushanda W.

"The training was refreshing! I have so many ideas and takeaways. Awesome, dynamic content. I loved the presenter's sense of humor and real life examples given."

Heather C.

"I really appreciated the note taking packet and extra worksheets and handouts!

Laura was great! Super knowlegeable and personable. I think this was a really effective training. Thank you!"


Kris H.

"Very personable training with great added humor and real life experiences to keep it captivating."


Course Overview

This intermediate-level course will be useful for psychologists, social workers, clinicians, and other helping professionals working with children, youth, and adults. The course will increase the number of professional tools available to support clients on their resilience journey so that they can overcome trials, traumas, and other adverse circumstances they encounter.

Resilience is a set of skills that can be improved upon by an individual and community. In human services, resilient behavior is both a common occurrence and an area needing continual growth. Being resilient allows us to make a difference without being consumed by negativity. Modeling resilience is a powerful message to our colleagues, clients, and communities. Teaching resilience spreads health and well-being throughout our circles of influence.

How can we use our brains and bodies to learn, model, and teach? Your brain is a powerful meaning-making machine! You can help it help you by improving your emotional vocabulary, recognizing the fear/excitement switch, and hearing “the meanings.” Your body holds the history of your ancestors. Learning to understand and care for your body during “fight, flight, or freeze” moments allows for healthier choices impacting you and those around you. Learning, modeling, and teaching these increases resilience for yourself, colleagues, adults, and children in ever-widening circles.

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In this training you will be able to...

Describe resilience as a process and a skill set that can be learned and improved upon.

Assess the current level of resilience and determine areas for growth.

Utilize cognitive strategies to improve  resilience.

Discuss concrete steps to implement during a “fight, flight, freeze” to model and teach to others.

Develop an initial plan regarding how to model and teach resilience skills in their circles of influence.

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Laura Gaines, MSW, LISW-S

Laura is a trainer and researcher with a focus on resilience as an individual and community skill. Career experiences include the following: working as a child and adolescent mental health therapist for over 20 years, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, and training throughout the state of Ohio. She has been an Ohio Child Welfare Training Program trainer and curriculum developer for over 20 years. Her trainings focus on child development, mental health, developmental disabilities, ethics, trauma informed care, and resilience and each person’s individual solutions to life’s challenges.

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