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Learning from Resilient People
Lessons We Can Apply to Counseling and Psychotherapy



June 2006 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Resilience is a human trait that is key to understanding how people successfully cope with crisis and trauma. This book will explain the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and will help people training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
PART I: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM RESILIENT PEOPLE
 
Ch 1: Understanding Resilience
Definitions of Resilience  
Attributes of Resilient People  
Coping With Stress as an Additional Aspect of Resilience  
Examples of Resilient Responses of Traumatized Adolescents  
Summary  
 
PART II: HOW RESILIENT PEOPLE USE CULTURE, SPIRITUALITY, AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE THEIR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL FUNCTIONING
 
Ch 2: Resilience and the Impact of Spiritual and Religious Beliefs on Health and Mental Health
The Impact of Spirituality and Religious Involvement on Health and Mental Health  
A Story About an Abusive Relationship That Ended After a Religious Conversion  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
Why Religious and Spiritual Involvement May Lead to Resilience  
A Story About the Impact of Religious Differences on an Intimate Relationship  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
Should Issues of Religion and Spirituality Be Included in Our Work With Clients?  
Summary  
 
Ch 3: Helping Others as an Attribute of Resilience
Indigenous Helpers  
Examples of Indigenous Helpers  
Self-Help Groups and Indigenous Helpers  
Attributes of Indigenous Helpers  
A Story of an Indigenous Helper  
A Story About an Indigenous Helper Starting a Self-Help Group  
Summary  
 
Ch 4: The Powerful Helping Impulse of Our Cultural Heritage: Examples From Three Ethnic Groups
Resilience in Latinos  
Introduction  
How Latino Cultures Cope With Social and Emotional Problems  
The Importance of Cultural Metaphors (Dichos) in Latino Life  
A Focus on Feelings  
Cultural Issues That Affect Latino Resilience  
A Story About How a Resilient Latina Copes With Life  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
Resilience in African Americans  
How Resilient African Americans Cope With Life  
A Story About Abandonment by a Father  
Another Story About Abandonment  
Lessons to be Learned From These Stories  
Resilience in Ethnically Traditional Asian Americans (With Steven Ino)  
The Collective Self  
The Importance of Family and Social Harmony  
When Asian Americans' Resilience Fails  
Issues That Test Resilience  
A Story About James and Lisa, a Bicultural Couple  
An Interview With James and Lisa  
Summary  
 
PART III: EXAMPLES OF RESILIENCE ACROSS AREAS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL DIFFICULTY
 
Ch 5: How Resilient People Cope With Substance Abuse
The Extent of the Problem  
The Research on Resilience in Coping With Drug and Alcohol Abuse  
A Story of Family Resilience and Alcohol Abuse  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story of a Baseball Player and Attorney Jailed Because of Drug and Alcohol Abuse  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story About an Adolescent Substance Abuser  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
A Story About Recovery From Substance Abuse  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
Summary  
 
Ch 6: How Resilient People Cope With Mental Illness
The Extent and Impact of Mental Illness  
Traditional Treatments of Mental Illness: A Research Review  
Evidence of Resilience in People Diagnosed as Mentally Ill  
A Story of a Spontaneous Remission From Mental Illness  
An Interview With the Storyteller  
A Story About Long-Term Emotional Problems  
Summary  
 
Ch 7: How Resilient Children Cope With Abuse
Resilience in Abused Children  
A Story of a Child Coping With Abusive Parents  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story of a Resilient Child Coping With Adulthood  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
Factors Predicting Resilience in Abused Children  
Biological Factors  
Psychological Factors  
Factors Within the Family  
Factors Outside the Family  
Summary  
 
Ch 8: How Resilient People Cope With Life-Threatening Illness, Disabilities, and Bereavement
Coping With Serious Illness  
A Story of a Resilient Woman Coping With Breast Cancer  
Further Thoughts of the Storyteller  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
Coping With Serious Illness: Another View  
Coping With Bereavement  
Coping With the Death of a Loved One  
A Story About the Death of Family Members  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
Coping With Disabilities  
A Case Study of Jack, a Man Coping With a Disability  
Jack's Behavioral Chart  
Summary  
 
Ch 9: Resilience in Older Adults
Coping With Problems Related to Aging  
Late Life Depression: The Case of Primo Levi  
A Story of Resilience in Aging  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Case Study of Resilience in a Depressed Older Male  
Discussion of the Case  
A Case Study of a Depressed Older Female With a Substance Abuse Problem  
Discussion of the Case  
Summary  
 
Ch 10. Resilience in Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Individuals
Harassment, Homophobia, and Vulnerability  
GLBT Resilience  
A Story About a First Awareness of Being Gay  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story About Coming Out  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story About Confronting Homophobia  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
Summary  
 
Ch 11. How Resilient People Cope With Loneliness, Isolation, and Depression
Why Resilient People Sometimes Experience Loneliness, Isolation, and Depression  
The Prevalence of Depression  
The Nature of Loneliness and Depression  
The Treatment of Loneliness and Depression  
A Story About Loneliness and Isolation  
Lessons to Be Learned From This Story  
A Story About Loneliness in the Company of Others  
The Storyteller's Self-Analysis  
Summary  
 
Ch 12. Family Resilience
The Changing American Family  
A Small Sample View of Family Life in America  
Stories About Family Life  
What These Stories Say About Family Life  
Characteristics of Family Resilience  
A Story About a Resilient Immigrant Family  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story That Needs No Explanation  
Summary  
References  
 
Ch 13: How Resilient People Cope With Acts of Random Violence
Debriefing  
Responses of Resilient People to Violence  
A Story About Random Violence  
Lessons to be Learned From This Story  
A Story About a Resilient Woman Coping With an Act of Terrorism  
The Storyteller's Self-Analysis  
Summary  
 
Ch 14: Resilient Communities
Resilience and Healthy Community Life  
A Resilient Community Deals with Youth Violence  
A Story of a Resilient Community Constructing a Violence Treatment Program  
The Results of the Program: An Interview With Members of the City Council  
A Story About a Resilient Community Coping With a Devastating Flood  
Summary  
 
PART IV: PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS
 
Ch 15: The Primary Behaviors of Resilient People: Application of Findings to Practice
The Attributes of Resilient People and Practice Recommendations  
Additional Attributes of Resilient People  
A Story About a Young Worker Finding Resilience in His Clients  
Final Words  
 
References
 
About the Author

"The research presented in this book is comprehensive, and it is obvious that the author is very well versed in the area of positive psychology. A definite strength of this book, and one that I think instructors and students will find particularly helpful, are the several case studies presented throughout the test, usually at the end of each chapter. These compelling case studies illustrate the concepts the are discussed in each chapter in vivid and real-world fashion."

Sameet Kumar
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