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WAFCA-CE Strengthening Family Resilience: Overcoming Life Crises and Challenges
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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Strengthening Family Resilience: Overcoming Life Crises and Challenges
Presented by: Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD

*includes a 30-minute lunch break
**Up to 4 CE credits will be issued to those attending this virtual event. See below for details. 
(While initially scheduled as an in-person workshop in Oshkosh, this event has been moved to Zoom to accommodate our presenter's needs.)
***Non-member fee = $50

Workshop DescriptionIn these tumultuous times, lives have been disrupted and many families struggle to move forward from painful losses, multi-stress hardships, and future uncertainties. Family resilience—relational processes in overcoming adversity—has valuable application in community-based practice with couples and families facing serious life challenges. As research attests, human resilience is relationally based, nourished in our vital connections. 

In this workshop, Froma Walsh, the leading expert on family resilience, presents her research-informed practice framework to build resilience in distressed couples and families, helping all members from youths to elders. From extensive experience, she applies this approach in a wide range of adverse situations: complicated loss; disruptive life transitions (e.g. separation/divorce; and persistent multi-stress conditions, (e.g. illness/disability; job loss/financial strains). The workshop provides intervention principles, guidelines, and case illustrations to mobilize key relational processes for coping and positive adaptation, attuned to cultural and family diversity. Facilitating empowering beliefs and practices, and tapping systemic, cultural, and spiritual resources, promotes meaning-making, hope, and resourcefulness in facing challenges. Beyond problem solving, this approach can yield profound transformation and positive growth—deepening bonds and inspiring new life possibilities to thrive. We’ll also discuss ways to nurture resilience in our multi-stress professional and personal lives.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn core principles and guidelines in a Family Resilience Practice Framework, based on the latest theory and research and attuned to cultural and family diversity.
  2. Participants will gain useful practice knowledge and skills to identify and build key relational/systemic processes: Family beliefs and practices, and tap community/systemic/cultural/spiritual resources to rebound from crisis, trauma, and loss, and surmount multi-stress challenges. 
  3. Participants will learn ways to support a positive outlook, realistic hope, and active agency to focus on possibilities and counter overwhelm, helplessness, and despair. 
  4. Participants will learn how to apply and adapt this approach in brief counseling, more intensive therapy, and multi-family group formats in a variety of clinical and community-based settings. 
  5. Participants will gain tools and strategies for resilience in their professional and personal lives.  

Presenter InformationFroma Walsh, MSW, PhD, a highly respected leader in the field of family therapy, is Co-Founder & Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health and Firestone Professor Emerita in the Crown Family School of Social Work at the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Walsh is the leading expert on family resilience, with extensive experience working with a wide range of adverse challenges involving trauma and loss, disruptive life events, and multi-stress conditions. Her research-informed Family Resilience Framework is applied worldwide in research, clinical practice, and community-based services with at-risk youth and vulnerable families. Her collaborative, systemic practice approach integrates developmental, relational, and socio-cultural-spiritual perspectives. She is a valued consultant nationally and internationally for resilience-oriented training and practice. 

Dr. Walsh, a Clinical Psychologist, received her BA degree with honors in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; MSW, Smith College; and PhD in Human Development & Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago. She 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+ professional publications, her recent books include: Strengthening Family Resilience (3rd ed., 2016); Normal Family Processes: Diversity and Complexity (4th ed., 2015), and (forthcoming) Complicated Loss in Families: Fostering Healing and Resilience 

About our Offerings: WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750
Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 

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