Strengthening Relational Resilience: Healing and Positive Growth from Adversity [Online]

Resilience—the capacity to rebound and grow stronger from adversity—is a valuable concept for clinical and community-based practice with clients facing serious life challenges. Despite our culture’s individual focus, human resilience is relationally-based, nourished in our vital connections.

In this online workshop, Froma Walsh, the leading expert on family resilience, applies her research-informed framework to strengthen resilience in couples and families struggling with a range of adverse situations: serious crises, trauma, & loss (e.g. bereavement; community disaster; war-related; refugee; terror attack); disruptive family transitions (foster care; separation/divorce); and chronic, multi-stress conditions (e.g. illness/disability; socio-economic, racial, and gender-based barriers).

Dr. Walsh offers intervention principles, guidelines, and case examples to mobilize key transactional processes for resilience. These empowering beliefs and practices—drawing on relational, cultural, and spiritual resources—promote meaning-making, strengthen bonds, and build resourcefulness in overcoming future challenges. Beyond problem solving, this approach can yield profound transformation and positive growth, inspiring new life possibilities. We’ll also discuss ways to counter compassion fatigue and nurture resilience in our own stressful professional and personal lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn ways to apply a research-informed, family resilience framework with couples and families struggling with a range of adverse situations involving crisis, trauma, and loss; disruptive transitions; and chronic multi-stress conditions.
  • Learn ways to guide clinical and community-based practice by facilitating key transactional processes that promote recovery and positive growth in response to adversity, involving multi-generational; social and community networks; and cultural /spiritual resources.
  • Gain ways to apply this approach to decrease compassion fatigue and strengthen their resilience in their own highly stressful professional and personal lives.


Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is Co-Founder & Co-Director, the Chicago Center for Family Health and is the Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Chicago. Dr. Walsh, an international leader in the field of family therapy, is the foremost expert on family resilience, with extensive experience in situations of trauma and complicated loss; disruptive family transitions; and multi-stress, chronic conditions. Her research-informed family resilience framework is widely applied in research, clinical practice, and community-based services. Her collaborative, multi-level systemic approach addresses socio-economic, racial, and gender-based barriers, and integrates developmental, relational, socio-cultural, and multi-faith spiritual perspectives. Dr. Walsh is Past President, American Family Therapy Academy; Past Editor, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy; and recipient of many awards for her distinguished contributions to the mental health field. With 120+ scholarly publications, her books, most notably, Strengthening Family Resilience (3rd ed., 2016); Living beyond Loss, and Normal Family Processes (4th ed., 2016), have been translated in many languages. She is a valued speaker and consultant nationally and internationally.

Date / Time:

Friday, May 1, 2020
1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

3 CE Contact Hours

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