Building a Culture of Resilience for the UMass Community

Thursday, September 23, 3:00-4:00pm
Via Zoom

The start of this academic year finds us challenged afresh to adjust our expectations and adapt to unwelcome circumstances. Public health concerns, systemic racism and entrenched socio-economic inequities, a deepening climate crisis and technology-driven acceleration of daily life, societal fragmentation, declining civility, intense competition and pressure to achieve. How can we be OK, individually and as a community, when things are clearly not OK?

Resilience researcher and lead SACL resilience trainer Jim Helling, LICSW, CMPC will present an operational model of resilience that provides a road map for actively coping with stress, building on existing strengths to grow toward success, and cultivating the vitalizing social connections that facilitate thriving. A rising tide of strength-based resilience at the community level lifts all individual boats of wellness, social solidarity and academic success. Creating a campus environment that highlights strengths and pulls for resilient responses to adversity promotes individual well-being and builds a culture of mutual respect and care that feeds forward to drive positive community development.

Presented by Jim Helling, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Join us for a new and promising social-ecological take on healthy responses to stress and adversity.

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled from 9/15 as it has come to our attention that the original date took place on the evening before Yom Kippur on 9/16. This was an oversight on our part and we deeply apologize, and will keep working to do better.

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