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.

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