WEBINAR: Resilience in Challenging Times Part 1 – Dr. Robert Brooks

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In these difficult times, IDA is here to provide free, educational resources to families, teachers, and more. Please enjoy this webinar, “Resilience in Challenging Times Part 1” presented by Dr. Robert Brooks.


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From the presenter:
We are living in an unprecedented, unpredictable, challenging time. As of the second week of June we have had more than 7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 400,000 deaths worldwide. We have all experienced major disruptions in our lives, including school and business closures, childcare issues, layoffs, and furloughs. Remote learning, meetings, and graduations have become the norm. There has been a noticeable increase in anxiety, depression, anger, and mental health struggles. Added to these consequences of COVID-19 was the killing of George Floyd, quickly followed by protests and a dialogue about racism that must continue to be in the forefront of our lives.

Parents, teachers, and other caregivers want to help their children learn from these events and become more resilient. The urgency is even more pronounced when raising and teaching children with learning differences. Many adults are asking, “How can we help our children become more resilient if we are feeling defeated, pessimistic, and stressed out?” To take care of our children we must first take care of ourselves. In this webinar Dr. Brooks will describe and illustrate realistic strategies we can initiate to develop a resilient outlook and lifestyle in ourselves and become better equipped to do the same for our children.

Dr. Robert Brooks in a clinical psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. He has lectured nationally and Internationally and written extensively about such themes as psychotherapy, motivation, resilience, parenting and family relationships, and a positive school and work environment. He is the author or co-author of 18 books, including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Handbook of Resilience in Children. Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work including Hall of Fame Awards from both the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and CHADD. Most recently he was given The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author. For additional information visit Dr. Brooks’ website www.drrobertbrooks.com
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