Since the beginning of March, our lives have been disrupted in ways that few, if any of us, could have predicted. Some children and families have experienced this disruption more intensely than others. They may have family members who are sick or who have died from the coronavirus. Others have experienced intense financial problems, losing their jobs and homes, and struggling to meet their most basic needs. These are just some of the problems that can leave us feeling overwhelmed by emotional issues that seem to lack any resolution.
In Part 1 of Resilience in Challenging Times we discussed steps parents and teachers could take to become more resilient. In Part 2 of this webinar Dr. Brooks will highlight the lifelong impact that even one adult can have on a child’s sense of hope and resilience. He will describe the importance of empathy in understanding and responding effectively to children and suggest exercises for strengthening empathy. Dr. Brooks will discuss the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child’s “islands of competence,” especially those who struggle with learning, and will offer and illustrate strength-based strategies for enhancing intrinsic motivation, learning, caring, responsibility, and resilience in our children in both the school and home environments.
Dr. Robert Brooks in a clinical psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. He has lectured nationally and Internationally and written extensively about such themes as psychotherapy, motivation, resilience, parenting and family relationships, and a positive school and work environment. He is the author or co-author of 18 books, including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Handbook of Resilience in Children. Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work including Hall of Fame Awards from both the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and CHADD. Most recently he was given The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author. For additional information visit Dr. Brooks’ website www.drrobertbrooks.com