Facilitating Relational Resilience in Couples and Families: Recovery and Positive Growth from Crisis and Challenge


Resilience—the ability rebound and grow stronger from adversity—is vitally important, yet has become a buzzword, poorly understood and misapplied. Human resilience is relationally-based, in our deepest connections. Couples and families need to forge resilience to weather the storms of life, which can tear loved ones apart. How can we mobilize relational resilience in our clinical and community-based practice with those in distress?

In this workshop, Froma Walsh presents her practice approach to strengthen resilience in couples and families struggling with serious crises, trauma, or loss; disruptive transitions (e.g. separation, divorce); or chronic, multi-stress conditions (e.g. serious illness; unemployment; at-risk youth). Distilling research and practice advances from the new 3rd edition of her classic book, Strengthening Family Resilience, she provides a valuable conceptual framework and offers assessment and intervention principles, tools, and guidelines for clinicians to target and mobilize key processes in resilience. These empowering beliefs and practices—drawing on relational, multigenerational, cultural, and spiritual resources—promote meaning-making, deeper bonds, and resourcefulness in overcoming challenges. Case examples illustrate a wide range of practice applications.  Beyond problem solving, this approach can yield profound transformation, forge positive growth, and inspire new life possibilities. We’ll discuss the practitioner benefits of “vicarious resilience” and ways to counter burnout and enhance resilience in our own highly stressful professional and personal lives.

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health, and Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago. Dr. Walsh has developed a widely applied, research-informed Family Resilience Framework for clinical practice, integrating cultural and spiritual influences. She is the author of 120+ articles; 9 books, including Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy; Normal Family Processes; and Strengthening Family Resilience.

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5

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The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal

If you are an Ackerman alumni or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department directly to register.

Damaly Ferreira
 212 879-4900, ext 111