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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Using Resilient Therapy In Practice: Family-Based Resilience Interventions

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Abstract # 285:
Using Resilient Therapy In Practice: Family-Based Resilience Interventions
Presenter: Sarah Henderson
Abstract: 
Newport Mind and boingboing have been researching the use of Resilient Therapy over 18 months. We have been measuring and evaluating the resilience framework and its effectiveness in our work with young people and families in the community of Newport. With a focus on mental wellbeing, the resilience framework has been applied to practice with families utilising an action research approach. All aspects of resilience theory and practice has been, and continues to be, explored during the day to day practice of the team, shaping the support provision for families who experience complex adversity, alongside dealing with mental health problems. The framework has been adapted to include a holistic view of resilience within a family unit, highlighting the importance of group dynamics and relationships for the promotion and sustainability of resilience. Key input of families has enabled our practice to focus on the operational challenges that families face on a day to day basis. ‘By designing the services that met the needs of our son and us as his parents, were invaluable. This service is a need’ - a parent of a young person experiencing low mood/ self-esteem. Families highlighted the ease of use of the framework due to its design; however highlight the need for adaptation of the terminology for use as a family unit. The partnership provides opportunities for practitioners to focus support provision on theory based interventions that develop resilience in family units.

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Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson is a Family Wellbeing and Resilience Worker at the mental health charity Newport Mind, in partnership with the University of Brighton and the Families First government initiative in Newport, South Wales. She graduated with a BSc Psychology degree in 2012 and has since... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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