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Tuesday, June 16


Angie Hart: Collaborative Resilience Research For Community Benefit: Nurturing Possibilities
Putting Resilience Theory into Practice in Communities
Speaker: Angie Hart
Psychologist Ann Masten summarises the developments in resilience research that led to a shift from studies focusing on internalised conceptions of personal resilience to wider ecological approaches. She calls these, the fourth wave. However, is it now time for an ‘official’ fifth wave which draws together collaborative resilience research, practice, community development and activism? If so, what would this look like and have any of us yet managed to bring it about? If you are already doing work like this yourself, or want to in the future, this workshop will be an opportunity to learn how to maximise your impact and connect more with others doing fifth wave work. In this workshop participants will:
Consider ways of doing resilience research that share research goals, processes, publications and financial resources between researchers and communities.
Critically evaluate resilience research from participatory, social justice and activist perspectives.
Learn how to develop a community of practice for resilience research and practice.
Explore how academic authority and privilege can be harnessed for community benefit.
Learn how to overcome some of the challenges of doing participatory and/or activist resilience research.
Profile or plan their own participatory and/or activist resilience research.

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Angie Hart

University of Brighton / Boingboing
Angie Hart is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton and has been working on resilience research and practice for 10 years. She is an advisor to England’s Big Lottery Fund, Angie runs boingboing, a not for profit undertaking resilience research... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 8:30am - 12:30pm
KTS Lecture Hall NAB 2nd Floor, King's College


Donna Mertens: Transformative Mixed Methods Research to Study Resilience
Transformative Mixed Methods Research to Study Resilience
Speaker: Donna Mertens
This workshop focuses on providing participants with a framework for thinking about planning, implementing, and using mixed methods research with marginalized communities. The transformative approach to mixed methods research incorporates the goals of furthering human rights and social justice by recognizing and supporting the resilience of members of marginalized communities. Dr. Mertens will share examples of transformative mixed methods resilience research from diverse contexts, including programs designed to serve women, people with disabilities, deaf people, and racial/ethnic minorities. Strategies that are culturally responsive that have a high potential to lead to transformative change will be illustrated. Participants will have an opportunity to apply strategies to design transformative mixed methods research to a case study and to discuss applications of these strategies in their own work.

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Donna Mertens

Donna M. Mertens is Professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University. She teaches research methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing students at the MA and PhD levels. She conducts research and evaluation studies on such topics as improvement of special... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 8:30am - 12:30pm
Archibald Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College


Linda Liebenberg: Measuring Resilience: Available Measures and Key Considerations
Measuring Resilience: Available Measures and Key Considerations
Speaker: Linda Liebenberg
While the measurement of resilience is a relatively new field, there are an increasing number of measures available to researchers. In selecting an instrument, researchers are confronted by a host of questions not least of which include the reliability and validity of the measure as well as the measure’s relevance to the study question. This workshop will present an overview of resilience scales available for use in quantitative research. This workshop will highlight the scope of available options together with strengths and caveats to be aware of in selecting instruments for use. The workshop will consider the development and validation of various instruments, the populations for which they have been developed and the resilience components they are best suited to measure. The workshop will also highlight key components for researchers to take into consideration when selecting measures for use in research.

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Linda Liebenberg

Linda is a methodologist, whose research examines the use of both image-based methods and mixed method research designs. She also considers how these facilitate an understanding of young people in marginalised contexts, as well as how these data inform instrument development. She... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 8:30am - 12:30pm
Alumni Hall NAB 1st Floor, King's College


Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe: The Professional Helper's Resilience
Vicarious Resiliency in Cultural Context
Speaker: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe
Therapists working with traumatized populations may experience the impact of their clients’ emotional pain in the process of providing therapy. They may also learn vicariously from their clients about overcoming adversity. The concept of vicarious resilience describes a specific resilience process occurring as a result of therapists’ work with trauma survivors. It refers to the transformations in the therapists’ inner experience resulting from empathetic engagement with the client’s trauma material. To date, vicarious resilience has only been researched in the traumatic stress field and it may be a unique consequence of trauma work. Vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience are processes that illuminate the complex potential for therapeutic work both to fatigue and to heal. In addition, these processes develop in the social and cultural context of the therapeutic relationship. Intersections of diversity (class, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability) shape therapy practice in general and therapeutic encounters specifically. These dimensions are explored as they apply to therapeutic practices to offer therapists a cultural equity framework in which to understand vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.

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Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe

Pilar Hernández-Wolfe is tenured associate professor and teaches in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. She is a licensed family therapist and a licensed clinical professional counselor, a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 8:30am - 12:30pm
ScotiaBank Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College