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Resilience Across the Lifespan: Strength-Based Strategies

Resilience Across the Lifespan: Strength-Based Strategies To Nurture Balance, Self-Discipline, and Hope in Ourselves and Others

- Robert Brooks, Ph.D.
May 28 – June 1, 2018, Galway, Ireland

Program & Presenter

Robert Brooks, PHD

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 17 books he has authored or co-authored including, Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients and the recently released Reflections on Mortality: Insights into Meaningful Living.

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 has been awarded the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award.

Symposium Description

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, self-discipline, and resilience.

Symposium Schedule


  • The power of mindsets/ A description of different theories of mindset/ The concept of resilience/ The mindset of effective professionals/ The belief that people can change


  • The importance of empathy/ Exercises to promote empathy/ Empathy and effective communication/ The stories and metaphors of at-risk children and adults/ The relevance of using our own childhood experiences to guide what we do today


  • Understanding and managing obstacles to empathy/ Frameworks for creating “motivating environments”/ Identifying and reinforcing “islands of competence”


  • Developing “stress hardiness” and minimizing burnout/ Assuming personal control and changing negative scripts/ Connectedness and resilience/ Actions contributing to contentment and happiness


  • The features of a resilient mindset/ Strategies to nurture this mindset in ourselves and others