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Building Resiliency During Change – Finding Courage Within

Wed June 24, 2015: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT

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Do you ever wonder why some people adapt to change more easily than others? What if you could help families respond more effectively to the transitions they face? In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn about the famous “R” word – Resilience. What does resilience actually mean, how to get more of it, and more importantly how to practice resiliency in your own life and in work with military families.


  • Describe the nature of changes faced by individual service members, their families and the providers that serve military families’ need.
  • Explain potential challenges and strengths experienced by service providers as well as military families as they encounter transitions.
  • Employ adaptive strategies as a provider and with families to manage change and increase resilience.
  • Identify and use additional resources to strengthen and build one’s resilience.

Presenter Information

Karen Shirer, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Extension Center for Family Development at the University of Minnesota has 41 years of experience as an educator, manager, researcher, and administrator for family strengthening education programs in both formal and non-formal settings. In her current position, she provides statewide leadership for Extension programs in human development, health and nutrition, and financial empowerment education. Dr. Shirer’s research interests include Fragile Families, working families, welfare to work, and balancing work and family. Her primary work focuses on designing curricula and program interventions for low-income families, most recently for unmarried parents to help them parent together.

Trisha Wohlfeil, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that sees children, families, couples, and individuals at her practice at MN Renewal Center located in St. Paul, MN. As a military spouse, Trisha has a special interest in helping military families and has been working with them in a professional setting since 2003. She has been a speaker at “Beyond The Yellow Ribbon” reintegration events in several states, and has also been a speaker at various military venues including Family Readiness Groups, Family Assistance Center staff training, Family Day weekends and the MN Joint Forces Female Professional Development symposium. Combining her experience of being a military wife and helping professional, she is passionate about serving military families and supporting other professionals in the community that work with this unique population. In addition, Trisha is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and is excited to bring the message of courage during change to her military audiences.

Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion


Karen Shirer


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Presentation Slides (PDF)

Audiocast: The Power of An Athem, Trisha Wohlfeil, MA, LMFT

Brene’ Brown on Blame

Brene’ Brown on Empathy

“Listening to Shame” Brene’ Brown

“The Power of Vulnerability” Brene’ Brown

The Daring Way

Willerton, E., Wadsworth, S. M., & Riggs, D. (2011). Introduction: Military families under stress: What we know and what we need to know. In risk and resilience in US military families (pp. 1-20). Springer New York

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