Resistance or Resilience: Mind and Body Responses

Wednesday, October 23
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Yucatan 1-3
CE: 1.5

Primary Presenter(s)

    • Diane Abatemarco, Phd, MSW

      Associate Professor, Director of MATER
      Thomas Jefferson University

      Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


  • KJ

    Kimberly Jones

    Thomas Jefferson University

  • AF

    Alice Fischer

    Thomas Jefferson University

This workshop explores perceptions of power struggles/manipulation with clients through didactic and experiential practice to promote enhanced risk-reduction interactions through mindfulness-based trauma responsiveness. Participants learn to reframe perceptions of resistance/manipulation by identifying and understanding survival mechanisms; enabling participants to develop broader conceptual reasoning and behaviors to support clients in recovery. Resistance or Resilience is a freeing and productive way of engaging clients who present as resistant.

Learning Objectives:

  • define and identify trauma-informed policies and trauma-responsive treatment practices.
  • Describe a set of mindfulness exercises to reduce their stress, emotional reactivity, physical response, or thoughts that arise in reaction to a “resistant” patient; and
  • adapt the learnings of this workshop to able to identify two or more skills they can utilize when faced with a client they view as resistant to help them view the client as resilient and change the dynamic of the struggle to one of support.

AATOD is delighted to share the article Mark Parrino (AATOD President) wrote for the Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare Executive, which was released earlier today.
Link to Article ➡️

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