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Paradoxes in Resilience: Leveraging Moments of Grief, Illness, Hardship and Sudden Change to Accelerate Growth

Maria Sirois, PsyD

August 5-9, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”

Neils Bohr, Nobel Prize Winner, Physics

As clinicians, supervisors, and managers we are frequently trained to navigate territories of wellness and illness, of capacity and incapacity as if they exist on a spectrum. On one end we are well, at the other end we are ill. Yet, recent research in the fields of positive psychology and resilience enable us to understand that foundational change often occurs at the point of paradox: when we can enable our clients, supervisees and teams to hold happiness and grief, anxiety and hope, imperfection and magnificence with equal appreciation, wisdom and care. Integrating research that considers the best of humanity, the best of systems and of organizations, we will examine the role of positivity, appreciative inquiry, and emerging models of authenticity and meaning to consider how to elevate positive deviancy when clients/supervisees are struggling deeply. Core characteristics of resilience will be addressed, and then considered from the perspective of paradox: how might we (for example) increase grit even when symptoms have increased? How might we accelerate optimism, even as anxiety becomes rampant? What does a helpful hope look like when our world has been shattered?

This approach enables us to complement our current models of treatment with supportive tools and strategies, while providing a meta-framework that potentiates health in the presence of great difficulty. Accentuating positive resources, especially in challenging moments, enables us to provide a greater emotional, cognitive and neurochemical balance to our system of being. While a singular focus on symptom reduction and psychopathology may provide relief, it may do little to construct an internal scaffolding of capacity that reminds clients of the fullness of their resources, strengths, wisdom and adaptability.

Participants will be invited to consider how to best influence positive change in their current practice or management role through examination of clinical vignettes, small group discussion, and in vivo practice of tools/perspectives. Further, this work has an additional benefit of reducing the anxiety, strain and/or fatigue we experience as providers when the stress of our work escalates, either through the distress of our particular patients, or through the growth of systemic disruption.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Maria Sirois has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. She receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Maria Sirois has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Maria Sirois, PsyD, is a master teacher, facilitator and author. As a positive psychologist and international consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit when under pressure and/or during significant transition. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings a depth of experience in resilience training, leadership development and stress management for therapeutic, corporate, and community audiences alike. Her work builds capacity and engagement around stressors such as conflicting goals, difficult conversations, unrealistic expectations and moments of failure — using such moments to leverage sustained positive shifts in perspective and ability. She is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss and Every Day Counts. &

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What Alumni are Saying...

"This was by far one of the best conferences I have attended. Maria Sirois is a gifted presenter and clinician who provided a wealth of information." - 2022 Participant

"Maria is an amazingly gifted and knowledgeable teacher that really knows how to include the participation of people taking the course. She models in the classroom what she was teaching us to do with our clients." - 2023 Participant

"Maria was by far the best presenter I have ever experienced. I appreciated her style, honesty, knowledge, and relating personal experiences." - 2023 Participant



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