Transformational Resilience Programs and Workshops
The Transformational Resilience Workshops help individuals and groups enhance their natural capacities to cope with acute trauma and chronic toxic stress directly and indirectly generated by climate change and other adversities and to use them as transformational catalyst to learn and grow. The Leadership for ResilienceTM Workshops focus on teaching these skills to community leaders, and the Building Resilient Organizations and CommunitiesTM Workshops are about fostering resilience-enhancing entities. Bob Doppelt will be the host and a primary instructor for the workshops. More on workshop instructors. Surveys given to participants in five Leadership for ResilienceTM workshops in 2014 show an extremely positive response from participants especially in terms of how much they learned and the usefulness of this information from the workshop. Read more about the positive survey results.
Building a Resilient Lane County in Eugene, Oregon
In 2016 the Transformational Resilience program coordinated an Oregon community-based initiative called “Building a Resilient Lane County.” Educational skills-building workshops were held once a month at the downtown public library on different topics related to building personal, organizational, and community resilience. All workshops were free and open to the public. For information about the workshops go to this link: Building a Resilient Lane County Planning is underway for the initiative to continue in 2017 in an expanded form.
Upcoming 2017 Transformational Resilience Workshops
Inspired by Change: How to Cultivate a Resilient Heart While Caring about Our Changing World
Non-Residential Retreat March 24-26 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre California
Join Bob Doppelt and James Baraz for this inspiring three-day non-residential retreat to help people who feel overwhelmed by the climate change, social and racial injustice, terrorism, political upheaval, and other forms of moral distress learn how the use of the Resilient Growth Model TM which is grounded on the core principles of trauma theory and mindfulness, to move from despair to resilience, hope, and transformation.
Upcoming Free 2017 Transformational Resilience Webinars
Introduction to Transformational Resilience for Climate Change
Thursday April 6 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
A major ecological--turned mental health--turned social-political crisis is underway that has yet to be fully acknowledged or addressed: the harmful impacts of climate change on personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual well-being. Left unaddressed, this crisis will trigger fear-based reactions that cause increasing numbers of people to harm themselves, others, and/or the natural environment. Not only will this undermine the health, safety, and wellbeing of people worldwide--it also threatens to delay or completely halt efforts to reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels.
Research and experience, on the other hand, shows that good human resilience skills, tools, and policies help minimize these harmful reactions and spur shifts in thinking and behaviors that increase wellbeing.
This one-hour introductory webinar will:
- Explain how a warming planet affects both personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual wellbeing.
- Describe the Resilient GrowthTM model which includes basic principles and methods of building personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience.
- Illustrate how professionals in the mental health, social services, education, disaster response, climate change, faith, and other fields can prepare people for these impacts by using the Resilient GrowthTM model to build human resilience.
- Clarify how the expanded awareness of self and context that often results from enhanced resilience skills leads to greater concern for and engagement in efforts to advance sustainability and address the climate crisis.
The Resilient Growth Model for Building Human Resilience for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses
Thursday, April 13, from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
The ability of an individual, organization, or community to successfully cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing is determined by many factors. Some of the most important are the knowledge people have about how trauma and toxic stress can affect their mind and body, their personal resilience skills, the strength of their social support networks, and capacity to clarify their purpose and make wise and skillful choices in the midst of ongoing adversity. This webinar will describe how to build these capacities using the Resilient GrowthTM model developed by ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt and described in his book Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience for Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing (Greenleaf Publishing 2016).
In specific, this one-hour webinar will cover:
- The importance of, methods for, and many benefits of building "Presencing" skills to regulate and calm the nervous system when distressed.
- The importance of, methods for, and many benefits of building "Purposing" skills to make values-based wise and skillful decisions in the middle of rising trauma and toxic stress.
- Applications of these skills to the personal, organization, and community levels.
Building a Culture of Human Resilience Within Organizations for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses
Thursday, April 20 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
The ability of any individual to successful cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing is significantly influenced by their social surroundings. The organizations people work for or associate with are some of the key social determinants of human resilience. Like individuals, without good knowledge, skills, principles, and policies, organizations can become “trauma-organized” by climate-enhanced shocks and toxic stresses. This means they adopt explicit and implicit mechanisms intended to protect themselves from threats, but which instead further traumatize and diminish the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees, clients, and stakeholders. Becoming a trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing organization is the key to preventing and resolving these issues. This webinar will describe different methods to help organizations transition to human resilience-building social systems.
In specific, the webinar will cover:
- The many ways in which public, private, and non-profit organizations as well as civic groups can become traumatized by climate change-enhanced adversities.
- How organizations and groups can spot symptoms of becoming trauma-organized.
- How the adoption of specific principles and methods can help organizations and groups transition to human resilience-enhancing social systems.
Building a Culture of Human Resilience Within Communities for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses
Thursday, April 27 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
The towns and cities where people live, work, and recreate heavily influence their capacity to cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing. When climate-enhanced shocks severely strain or fracture social support networks, overwhelm vital public support systems, or breakdown other critical protective factors, individuals and groups can be pushed to a boiling point causing entire neighborhoods and communities to become “trauma-organized.” This means they retreat into a self-protective survival mode that, rather than providing safety, further traumatizes them, others, and even the natural environment, while amplifying social and racial injustices. When this happens the ability to identify and implement positive solutions and enhance wellbeing are greatly diminished. This webinar will describe different approaches used in towns and cities to proactively transitioned from trauma-organized to trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing communities.
In specific, the webinar will:
- The many ways in which neighborhoods and entire towns and cities can become traumatized and stressed by climate change-enhanced adversities.
- How communities can spot symptoms of becoming trauma-organized.
- How the adoption of certain principles, processes, and policies can help communities transition to human resilience-enhancing social systems.
Building Human Resilience: A Powerful Force for Ecological Restoration
Thursday, June 8 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
Today's dominant culture norms and values emphasize short-term decisions. People thus find it difficult to care about the mid or long-term consequences of their actions. Global climate change, ocean acidification, a species extinction rate at least 1,000 times the normal are just a few outcomes of this tendency. The personal, economic, social, ecological, and political distress these problems generate are creating severe mental health problems such as severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicides, and contributing to psycho-social-spiritual maladies such as child and spousal abuse, crime, interpersonal violence, and the rise of authoritarian governments. This webinar will describe how the increased awareness of self and context that often results from the development of robust human resilience skills can be a powerful way to overcome short-term thinking, and motivate people to restore the natural environment.
In specific, this one-hour webinar will:
- Describe how increased awareness of how the human brain and body react to real and perceived threats increases understanding of why and how we make short-term decisions.
- Explain how the development of robust personal, organizational, and community-based human resilience skills, practices, and policies can help people increase awareness of the social systems they are part of and how they can eliminate actions that harm those systems.
- Illustrate how the increased awareness of self and context resulting from robust resilience skills can lead to greater concern about and engagement in efforts to restore the climate and natural environment.
Building Human Resilience for Climate and Environmental Activists and Other Non-Mental Health Professionals
Tuesday, June 20, from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time
Helping individuals and groups avoid harmful fear-based reactions to climate change-enhanced traumas and toxic stresses and make wise and skillful decisions is often thought of as the purview of mental health, trauma treatment, and similar professions. However, climate and environmental activists and others without advanced training in these field can--and indeed must--play vital roles in building human resilience for the personal, social, economic, and political adversities that lie ahead. This webinar will describe how people from outside of the mental health and trauma treatment fields can foster and support efforts to build personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience.
In specific, this one-hour webinar will:
- Explain the how a warming planet affects both personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual wellbeing.
- Describe how climate and environmental activists and others not trained as mental health or trauma treatment professionals can help incorporate efforts to build personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience into their organizations and projects.
- Illustrate how building human resilience not only helps people cope with the emotional distresses caused by climate change, it can also motivate them to increase the wellbeing of others and the condition of the natural environment.
Customized On-Site Workshops and Webinars Available for Groups
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- Transformational Resilience for mental Health and Human Service Workers
This workshop will teach mental health and human services professionals how to teach preventative psychological resilience skills to their clients and partners to help learn, grow, and thrive in the midst of all types of adversity and stress.
- Transformational Resilience for Emergency Responders, Health Care, Food Security, Police, Fire and Other Emergency Services Providers
This workshop will teach emergency responders, health care, food security, police, fire and other emergency services providers how to calm their emotions and thoughts in the midst of disasters. It will also teach skills to learn, grow, and make wise and skillful decisions in the midst of trauma and stress.
- Transformational Resilience for Environmental and Climate Practitioners
This workshop will teach climate and environmental policy specialists, activists, and scientists skills to cope with work-related moral distress and compassion fatigue in ways that lead to new purpose, direction, and hope. It will also help them learn how to use environmental and other adversities as opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive as humans.
- Transformational Resilience For Communities
This workshop will teach public, private, and non-profit community leaders preventative psychological resilience building skills to enable them to help community members learn how to calm their emotions and thoughts in the midst of tension and adversity. It will also teach skills to help residents learn how to use adversity of all types to learn, grow, and make wise and skillful decisions.
- Transformational Resilience for Organizations
This workshop will teach senior executives as well as mid-level managers and staff from public, private, and non-profit organizations skills to calm their emotions and thoughts in the midst of stress and adversity. It will also teach skills to help leaders transition their organization from a trauma-organized to resilience-enhancing system.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses For Human Service, Mental and Physical Health, and Environmental Professionals
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based stress management program developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. This program will help anyone in the human services, mental and physical health, and environmental professions learn MBSR skills to deal with the trauma and stresses generated by their jobs and life history. For more information about our MBSR courses, go to this link: MBSR Course Offerings
Payment for Workshops
Payment may be submitted by check or PayPal. Checks should be made out to "TRIG" and mailed to: TRIG; PO Box 50772; Eugene OR 97405. (Note: this is a PO Box specifically for workshop registrations.)
Cancellations received two weeks or more prior the workshop will receive a refund less $50 handling fee. No refund will be possible for cancellations made within two weeks of the workshop; however, you will be able to apply the amount that you paid minus a $50 processing fee to future Transformational Resilience workshops.