Session 1: Ways to Bolster Resilience: A Life-Span Perspective (July 25-29)

Egg Harbor, WI US
July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016

In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences, most individuals are impacted, but some 75% go on to evidence resilience and the ability to "bounce back" and confront ongoing adversities. In contrast, some 25% of individuals will manifest persistent adjustment difficulties and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the practical implications for treatment from a life-span perspective. He will discuss how to bolster resilience in "high risk” children and their families, adolescents (with a focus on LGBTQ youth), and victims of human trafficking.  He will also discuss adult psychiatric patients with comorbid substance abuse, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, traumatic brain injury, and those experiencing prolonged and complicated grief disorder.  We will also cover ways to bolster resilience in the elderly and how to bolster vicarious resilience in psychotherapists.

Monday Nature and neurobiology of resilience; What distinguishes the 75% who evidence resilience vs the 25% who evidence PTSD; Implications for treatment; Characteristics of resilient adults

Tuesday Case conceptualization model; Application to psychiatric patients with comorbid disorders; Prolonged and complicated grief

Wednesday Borderline personality disorders; Individuals with traumatic brain injuries

Thursday High risk children and their families; Implications for treatment; Trauma-focused CBT; LGBTQ and victimized youth due to human trafficking

Friday Bolstering resilience in the elderly; Ways to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy; Bolstering vicarious resilience in psychotherapists

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

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

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Purchase an additional 5 DAY session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $10.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.


Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe differences between individuals who develop PTSD and related adjustment problems as a result of traumatic experiences vs individuals who evidence resilience
  2. Discuss the neurobiological correlates of PTSD and resilience and the implications for treatment
  3. Develop a case conceptualization model of risk and protective factors that informs assessment and treatment decision making
  4. Implement core tasks of psychotherapy with clients who experience PTSD, complex PTSD, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders


Additional information


Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP 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.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/25/2016 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/29/2016 - 12:15pm CDT
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 19 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention.  He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and clinicians voted him, "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century."

He has consulted at a number of treatment centers for children and adolescents who have a history of victimization experiences. He helped train mental health workers to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters, school shootings and suicides, domestic violence, and with returning service members and their families.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP 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.


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