449 Pittsfield Rd
Lenox, MA 01240
Robert Brooks, Ph.D., is on the part-time faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of Psychology at McLean Hospital. Dr. Brooks’ work in the areas of hope, motivation, self-discipline, and resilience is represented in numerous articles and book chapters he has written, in a videotape and educational guide he prepared for PBS, in many of the 16 books he has authored or co-authored including, Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients.
The interventions developed by Dr. Brooks for both children and adults are guided by a framework that emphasizes hope, personal control, motivation, self-discipline, stress hardiness, and resilience and can be applied to a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, schools, homes, inpatient and residential programs, and the workplace. For his exceptional teaching skills, Dr. Brooks was awarded the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award in 2002.
As professionals, we must manage our own feelings of stress and burnout as we attempt to bring meaning to our lives and the lives of others. In this symposium, Dr. Brooks will describe interventions rooted in a strength-based framework for nurturing a “resilient mindset”, including the attributes of self-dignity, responsibility, compassion, and hope for both patients and professionals.
Symposium participants will learn: techniques for enhancing empathy and our own “stress hardiness”; the components of motivation and a “resilient mindset”; the importance of identifying and reinforcing “islands of competence”; how to change “negative scripts” and “negative mindsets” and how to promote change in oneself and others. Dr. Brooks will elaborate on many strategies with case examples for enhancing hope, motivation, selfdiscipline, and resilience.