The roots of resilience are to be found in the felt sense of being held in the mind and heart of an empathic, attuned, and self-possessed other.
– Diana Fosha, Ph.D., developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
Resilience – the capacity to cope skillfully with adversity and bounce back quickly from disappointment, difficulty, and even disaster – is innate in human beings because it is innate in the human brain. The conditioning of early attachment experiences develops the capacities of the pre-frontal cortex to regulate the body-nervous system-emotional responses to stress, danger and life threat (or not); to relate to one’s self and others from a sense of safety, protection, trust and intra-personal/inter-personal resonance (or not); to recognize and reflect on implicitly encoded patterns of response to life’s challenges and crises that would foster resilience (or derail it). Experiences of complex developmental trauma lead further to experiences of seemingly intractable shame and self-loathing that invariably derail resilience. Complex developmental trauma even derails the development of the brain’s structures and functioning needed to recover one’s innate capacities of resilience and develop flexible, adaptive coping strategies for the future.
Modern neuroscience illuminates which body-based tools of mindful empathy and resonant connection (re-parenting) psychotherapists can use to foster clients’ self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance that can heal the shame and re-integrate split-off inner parts so that they no longer derail the inner secure base of resilience. Modern neuroscience also illuminates which underlying processes of brain change like memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation can be used safely, efficiently, effectively to get the maturation of the brain back on track, shifting the functioning of the brain out of contraction, negativity, reactivity into more receptivity, openness to learning and growth. Clients can bounce forward into new meanings and a deeper sense of purpose.
May 15th, 2020
Resilience: Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster
Linda Graham. MFT
Helping clients develop adaptive strategies for coping with both everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is at the heart of the therapeutic process, essential to any clinical orientation or modality.
This webinar focuses on teaching clinicians the techniques that reverse the impacts of stress and trauma, shift the functioning of the brain out of reactivity, contraction, dissociation into more receptivity and openness to learning, help clients once again trust other people as refugees and resources, discern options and make wise choices, and deepen the meaning and purpose in their lives. The direct measurable outcome is resilience.
You will learn to help clients:
* use body-based tools to reduce stress and return the nervous system to an inner sense of safety and equilibrium, the natural range of resilience
* manage disruptive emotions and cultivate the positive emotions that antidote the brain’s negativity bias and shift brain functioning from contracted survival responses to openness to learning and growth
* cultivate the self-awareness and self-compassion that help clients heal any toxic shame or judgments of the inner critic that would derail their resilience
* adapt practices of mindfulness to identify dysfunctional patterns of coping and discern new choices of behavior
May 22nd, 2020
Resilience: Transforming Any Adversity into Learning and Growth
People do learn and grow from meeting the challenges and adversities of life when they have the support, resources, and skills to do so.
Helping clients strengthen their capacities – innate in their brains – to cope with any level of adversity – from a series of small annoyances to the troubles and tragedies that break their hearts to the utter catastrophes that change their lives forever – is at the heart of the therapeutic process.
This training teaches clinicians the basics of harness the brain’s neuroplasticity to help clients learn more flexible and adaptive coping strategies and rewire negative coping patterns that block their recovery, learning and growth
Linda Graham, MFT is an experienced psychotherapist and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Linda integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness, and relational psychology in her national and international trainings. She is the author of Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster (2018), and the award-winning Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being (2013). 10 years of weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience are archived at www.lindagraham-mft.net