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Resilience Series

About This Series

This groundbreaking webinar series brings together three pre-eminent resilience theorists and researchers, Dr. Ann Masten, Dr. Froma Walsh, and Dr. Michael Ungar, to share insight on addressing barriers, identifying various systems and promoting protective factors to support individual, family and community resilience.

In this series, participants practice resilience thinking and learn how to apply the principles from this series in their work.


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Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective

In this webinar, Dr. Masten discusses contemporary perspectives on resilience from a developmental systems perspective, highlighting research findings and their implications for practice.

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Nurturing Family Resilience Through a Strengths-Based Framework

This webinar presents core principles and guidelines in Dr. Walsh’s research-informed Family Resilience Practice Framework, identifying key relational processes that couples and families can build for resilience through difficult times.

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Nurturing Resilience Through a Strong Community

Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar uses examples from his work with individuals and families facing challenges big and small. He explores a dozen of the most important factors that contribute to the resilience of individuals and their communities.

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Podcast Episodes

FACTS of Resilience

In this episode, OneOp Family Transitions team members Ellie McCann and Sara Croymans discuss how the FACTS resiliency framework can be used to help military families navigate transitions.

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Child & Youth Programs Embed 7 C’s of Resiliency

In this episode Laura Groeneweg and Mel Johnson, Child and Youth Program Coordinators in Minnesota, talk about how there needs to be a supportive adult in the life of each child. They also go into detail about the 7 C’s of Resiliency and how they as military service providers embed them in child and youth programming events.

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A Refocus on the Intersection of Vulnerabilities and Resilient Factors of the Heterogenous Military Family

In this episode, Dr. Jay Mancini shares his research on resilience and vulnerabilities of individuals, families, and communities, and their multiple intersections. His samples include military Service members, military youth, Veterans and their families.

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FOCUSing on Strengthening Military Families from a Family Systems Perspective

In this episode, Dr. Patricia Lester shares about her work and research that has focused on developing and disseminating preventive interventions, practices, and policies that support child and family resilience in the context of trauma and adversity.

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Helping Military Families Become More Resilient Through Various Transitions

In this episode you will hear about tools for building individual and family resilience, and practical applications for strengthening individual and family processes for resilience.

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