Session 1: Bolstering Resilience in the Aftermath of the COVID 19 Pandemic

July 25, 2022 to July 29, 2022

The worldwide impact of the Covid 19 pandemic has been tragic in terms of the loss of lives, economic setbacks, disruptive lifestyles, and ongoing uncertainty.  Moreover, the war in Ukraine has resulted in further despair and demoralization. These events have contributed to a wide array of emotional and behavioral disorders such a s anxiety, depression with accompanying increases in suicides, a rise in substance abuse disorders and accompanying interpersonal violence.  Mental health professionals have been challenged to use telehealth interventions, as well as bolster their own resilience.

While most individuals, families and communities evidence an impact of the various pandemic stressors ,the  research indicates that some 75 % will go onto develop resilience and deal with ongoing  adversities ,while some 25 % will develop some forms of adjustment challenges and various forms of PTSD and co-occurring disorders.

This workshop highlights what distinguishes these two groups and considers the treatment implications across the entire lifespan, from "high-risk " children and their families to the elderly.  TRAUMA IS EVERYWHERE, BUT SO IS RESILIENCE.  Specific ways therapists bolster resilience in individuals, couples, families, and communities will be the focus of this workshop. How to use evidenced-based cognitive behavioral and Constructive Narrative strength-based interventions to bolster will be discussed.

A second focus is what is behind the research findings that 25 % of therapists obtain 50 % better treatment outcomes and they have 50 % fewer patient dropouts from treatment, namely, what are the  Core tasks of therapy  that these "expert" therapists are doing  that  bolsters their patients' resilience?

Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Enumerate the Core tasks of psychotherapy that reflects expertise
  • Ways to bolster resilience in six domains (physical. interpersonal, emotional, cognitive behavioral and spiritual)
  • How to bolster resilience in children, adolescents’ adults, and the elderly
  • How to bolster resilience in psychotherapists
  • How to treat patients who experience a variety of disorders including PTSD. anxiety, depression, suicidal behaviors, and grief disorders
  • How to achieve long lasting behavioral changes in patients


Additional information


Kiara Bond
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 15.00 NASW
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/25/2022 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/29/2022 - 12:15pm CDT


  • The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic

  • Trauma is everywhere, but so is resilience

  • The nature of "expertise": Implications for conducting therapeutic interventions

  • Core tasks of psychotherapy


  • Ways of bolstering resilience in adults

  • What distinguishes individuals who evidence resilience VERSUS those who get "stuck"

  • How to help adults develop a" resilient mindset “: Constructive Narrative interventions 

  • An illustrative example: Treatment of individuals with Prolong and Complicated Grief Disorders


  • Ways to treat patients with anxiety, depression, and suicidality

  • Ways to bolster resilience in couples, families, and communities


  • Ways to bolster resilience in "high risk " children and their families

  • What can schools, clinicians, and communities do to bolster resilience?

  • Ways to bolster resilience in adolescents


  • How to integrate spiritually-based interventions and psychotherapy 

  • How to bolster resilience in psychotherapists and other mental health professionals

  • Summing up; A to do list for attendees

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy, and in a survey of clinicians, he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." This workshop provides Dr. Meichenbaum an opportunity to share his clinical experience and research of over a 50-year career working with clients and treatment centers covering the entire lifespan.  He has published extensively, and his recent books include Roadmap to Resilience, Treating Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and the Evolution of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.




The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest mitigation process and addressed.











Accreditation Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Designation of Credit Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for up to 15.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals and each two-day session a maximum of 8.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

APA Approved Sponsor:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

MCW's Psychology Continuing Education Grievance Policy

"This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886840778-8759) for 15 continuing education contact hours."

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 15.00 NASW


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Tuition for 5-day sessions is $685.  Two-day sessions are $395. Tuition for graduate and medical students and resident physicians is $400 and $215 with a letter from the training director. 

Tuition for 5-day sessions will be reduced to $630, and to $350 for 2-day sessions, if received by June 15, 2022. 

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