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Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference,

Brisbane 9-11 July 2010

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SCOTTIE MCGUINESS STORY OF RESILIENCE - Scottie McGuiness

Scottie McGuinessScottie will share the story of how he made his dream to be part of a model yacht club, and to operate his own boat independently, come true, despite the many challenges he faced as a person with a disability. For 5 years Scottie was a passive observer of a local model yacht club, until one day, when a bit of bad luck changed his life for the better. Scottie will talk about the challenges he faced, which ranged from money, to people miss-judging his abilities. Scottie will also talk about how his being part of the club has changed the perceptions of his fellow club members.
Biodata: Scottie is in his 30s. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and he currently lives in a CRU in Box Hill Vic. Whilst unable to walk, and lacking fine motor skills in his arms and hands, Scottie is engaging conversation relates his story of a man that was just tolerated, to have become the club "celebrity", much loved by his fellow club members. Joel Hunter is his carer at Yooralla, CRU. joel.hunter.@yooralla.com.au

IS RESILIENCE A RENEWABLE RESOURCE? CASE OF MUMBAIITES AND MENDICANTS OF VARANASI - Venkat Pulla & Sneh Bharadwaj

Venkat Pulla, Sneh BharadwajThe 'Love Thy Neighbor' resilience demonstrated by Mumbaiites, at least on three occasions- the dreaded bomb explosions in Mumbai trains -2006; that claimed 188 lives, the devastating floods- 2007 when Mumbai halted for 6 days and the 26/11 terror attacks in the year 2008 that shook humanity globally, plots many questions- Is resilience an expression of mutual generosity, remarkable heroism in adversity and crisis? Is resilience historically a public resource of solace? In a world that links Mumbai, Kashmir, Karachi, Madrid, Peshawar, London, Wall Street and Washington it does not appear to be a source of comfort & solace. Resilience is a public resource. But, unlike terror, it may not be indefinitely renewable. Proverbial resilience of Mumbaiites finds an echo in the otherwise nondescript narrow alleys and on the resonating bathing Ghats of Varanasi- the religious capital of India. Perennial faith of Varanasi mendicants extends beyond theorizing and speculations. These resplendent spiritually inclined ochre clad mendicants have set their hearts unerringly on a different destination i.e. Self-Realisation. They subsist on alms, lead minimalist lifestyle, and appear psychologically better dispositioned to undertake self purifying acts. The present paper looks at commonalities, concerns and the perspectives with which both offer solace and hope building.
Biodata: Dr. Venkat Pulla is President of the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice. www.strengthsbasedpractice.com.au
Biodata: Sneh Bhardwaj, PhD, is a behavioral trainer that brings wisdom from Vedas into Management Science. Sneh participated in Evidence Based Practice and Resilience Conference in Penang facilitated by Venkat Pulla, and the LPPKN, Malaysia in April 2009 www.yajnaa.com
FOCUSING ON YOUNG PEOPLES' STRENGTHS: HOW CAN THE POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY MOVEMENT BENEFIT THE YOUTH OF TODAY? - Megan Booth and Jane Sleeman

Megan Booth Secondary Visual Arts Teacher“Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right use of strength” Henry Ward Beecher.
This is an interactive workshop that introduces people to the principles of positive psychology and gives them strategies which will enable them to help young people identify and explore their strengths. Everyone can benefit from exploring, acknowledging and sharing their strengths. Once people are aware of their strengths they can begin to use them more intentionally to help them through adversity, build successful relationships or achieve optimal performance in all aspects of their lives. So often, society focuses on the things that are going wrong with our adolescents (including indigenous youth), rather looking at the things that are going right. However, positive psychology is concerned with building the best rather than focusing on the worst. By helping young people to focus on their strengths we are able to move people forward and help them to achieve optimal well being.
Bioadata: Megan Booth is a Secondary Visual Arts Teacher with a passion for student welfare and an interest in psychology. She is a Co-Founder of Hollyhox Positive Resources and has presented to numerous groups about youth issues and positive psychology.
Jane Sleeman Co-Founder of Hollyhox Positive ResourcesJane Sleeman has been the Co-Founder of Hollyhox Positive Resources, with Megan Booth. It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Jane Sleeman passed away on the 30th of April, 2010.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August last year and due to this reason Jane could not go to the First Global Conference on Coping and Resilience held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2009. Her friend, colleague and business partner Megan Booth, presented their paper alone at Dubrovnik.
Between late last year and now Jane's initial tumour was successfully removed and she continued her treatments and also began working and presenting since December, 2009. Jane was doing really well and had great quality of life until the beginning of April 2010 when her cancer returned aggressively in her brain & spine. It was a month exactly that she was in hospital as this return of her illness was unexpected and sudden. Megan Booth as a colleague is still coming to terms with Jane’s death. Jane continues to inspire Megan’s work and the work at Hollyhox.

COMBATING CHILD LABOR: STRENGTH BASED STRATEGIES - Archana Jetti

Archana Jetti Masters in Intercultural Studies and EducationThe International Labor Organization estimates that around 218 million children between the ages of 5-17 were engaged in work-related activities in the year 2004. A variety of factors influence a child's need to work, as such there is no panacea to the problem. In working towards a response to the issue, this paper argues that strategies which harness resources already in place with minimal help from external parties are sustainable in the long run, especially for non-profit organizations which are often short of resources.
A qualitative study of former child workers with in-depth interviews and observations was conducted in two villages of Rangareddy district, Andhra Pradesh, India, which showcased potential strength based strategies which brought about resilience and hope into the life of former child workers. Social networks are seen as the inherent strengths to build resilience and bring hope. Collaborations amongst a range of individuals who are connected to these children's world - such as, parents, employers, government school teachers and former-child-workers-turned-volunteers, etc. made positive and practical solutions possible for the children to disengage from paid labour and engage in schools. While education is not the exact reverse of child labor, it is surely one of the means to eradicate it.
Biodata: Archana Jetti holds Masters in Intercultural Studies and Education and is researching the concept of social capital and its applicability to poverty related issues in the Global South, for her PhD in Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia avoola@gmail.com

BUT REALLY, WHAT DOES NEUROSCIENCE TOGETHER WITH STRENGTH BASED PRACTICE HAVE TO OFFER TO OUR THINKING ON BUILDING RESILIENCE? - Mark Lynch

Mark Lynch, Neuroscience leadershipThis workshop will explore what Neuroscience offers our thinking about supporting individuals in personal 'capacity building'. Participants will have the opportunity to consider new research and its implications for the way in which we understand how people think and react during times of change and stress. The implications for management practices and how workers are supported through challenging times will be considered, whilst utilising traditional Strength Based practice tools.
Biodata: Mark Lynch has an extensive national and international history as a trainer/consultant working in the human services sector within education and social work. Mark's practical experience includes working as a Service Manager, Social Work practitioner and counsellor. In his private practice work Mark has provided supervision to teams and individuals as well as undertaking training and organisational development work with a variety of organisations.
Mark is currently consulting on the development of practice and practice frameworks for human services organisations. In this work he is utilising extensively the research that is being gathered through emerging field of Neuroscience leadership and he is a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute. mark@lighthouseresources.com.au
COPING AND RESILIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL WORKERS - WORKING WITH TRAUMA - Francine Masson

Francine Masson lecturer Social Work University Witwatersrand, South AfricaSouth Africa is an extremely violent society with violent crime having reached pandemic proportions (Bruce, 2006). Although there is an established relationship between violence and trauma (Bowman, 2007), secondary trauma is often not factored into our understandings of this relationship. This research aimed to explore how social workers experience and cope with secondary trauma. The research project was conducted in two phases; the first phase was in the form of a quantitative research design while the second stage was qualitative in nature. In the first phase seven standardized tools were distributed to 140 social workers who work with trauma victims. Included in these tools were tests to measure resilience and coping strategies. In the second stage, 20 social workers were interviewed to explore the effects of trauma, resilience, coping strategies, use of supervision and personal therapy. Qualitative interviews were analysed through thematic content analysis. A theoretical model of trauma and coping was derived from an analysis of the findings.
Biodata: Francine Masson is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and coordinates the Masters in Occupational Social Work. Currently she is completing her PHD which explores how social workers cope with secondary trauma. She has fifteen years experience in working in the fields of trauma and occupational social work. fran.j.masson@gmail.com
PSYCHOLOGICAL PREPAREDNESS FOR NATURAL DISASTERS - Hannah Zulch, Shirley Morrissey, Joseph Reser and Peter Creed

Hannah Zulch, Shirley Morrissey, Joseph Reser, Peter CreedNatural disasters are common recurrences in Australia and elsewhere in the world, with developing countries suffering in recent years from major disasters such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis and severe storms. These natural disasters during the recent past highlight what is likely to be the norm over the next several decades, with climate change and its consequences a stark reality. Those weather-related events of particular relevance to community preparedness and adaptation initiatives in Northern Australia are cyclones and floods. While substantial disaster mitigation infrastructure, including the services of multiple agencies and professionals in times of need, exists, there remains much to be done to more fully understand and achieve disaster preparedness and resilience in individuals and communities for recurrent natural disasters. Previous research in North Queensland has provided promising findings with respect to the use of psychological preparedness interventions in fostering community preparedness. The aim of this paper is to present an overview of psychological preparedness for disaster and review the initial results of the first stage of the development and validation of a new scale i.e., the Psychological Preparedness for Disaster Threat Scale (PPDTS)
Biodata: Hannah R. Zulch currently is completing her MPhil at Griffith University Gold Coast campus. Hannah has worked at the University of Sussex (UK), at the Disaster Research Unit of the University of Kiel (Germany). h.zulch@griffith.edu.au
Biodata: Dr.Shirley Morrissey is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School of Psychology, (Gold Coast campus), Griffith University. s.morrissey@griffith.edu.au
MANAGING FOR SOCIAL RESILIENCE: COMBINING ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND ABORIGINAL ROLES TO ENHANCE RESILIENCE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND - Prof. Helen Ross, Michael Cuthill, Kirsten Maclean and Bradd Witt

Professor Helen Ross, Indigenous natural resource managementThere is little communication between the environmental management and social science bodies of literature on resilience, yet each offers insights that could enrich the other. Our research with in far north Queensland has identified six key social and institutional characteristics as helping the region and its communities to be resilient: peopleplace connections, knowledge, skills and learning; community networks; engaged governance; a diverse and innovative economy; and community infrastructure. We propose that environmental management, Aboriginal and social development organisations with regional responsibilities can choose to incorporate the social dimensions of resilience thinking in three ways. Their first option is to pursue existing mandates in consciousness of social characteristics, without trying to intervene although social knowledge may prompt some adaptation of existing management strategies. For instance, understanding local variations in people-place connections may influence communication strategies. A second option is to take advantage of resilience characteristics in management strategies, for instance to invoke strong people-place connections and recruit and support existing community networks towards stewardship behaviour. The third is to pursue organisational mandates in a new way that enhances social resilience simultaneously, for instance explicitly building a more diverse and innovative economy through new employment and business structures in environmental management.
Biodata: Professor Helen Ross specializes in social science & community roles in resilience, social-ecological systems & Indigenous natural resource management. Helen in the School of Integrative Systems, the University of Queensland, Co editor Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. Helen.Ross@uq.edu.au
RESILIENCE AND TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE? THE CASE STUDY OF JAGUARIBARA: A BRAZILIAN COMMUNITY - Isabelle Amorim

Isabelle Amorim is a Psychologist, Lecturer Bangkok University, ThailandCan resilience contribute to factors that transform isolated individuals into a powerful integrated group, combine their forces, and defend their common interests? This paper examines the displacement of the inhabitants of Jaguaribara, (Northeast of Brazil) and their resettlement due to construction of the dam “Castanhao”. While a new city was planned by the Government to shelter the inhabitants from “Old Jaguaribara” that was overflow by the dam, the case yields consequences that arising out with the resettlement of the community, elucidating besides the impoverishment risks the protective factors that came up during the process of resistance against the construction of the dam, in the light of the concept of Resilience. In order to capture the various dimensions of this process, qualitative primary data were used as the main source: documentation made by NGO's and professionals involved during the process of resistance against the construction of the dam as well as semi-structured interviews. Therefore the case of resilience enhancement in Jaguaribara elucidates a community that perceives an adversity situation in a different way, combining forces they could enhance their capabilities and overcome the hardships, catalyze collective gains as well as articulate and defend common interests.
Biodata: E. Isabelle Amorim is a Psychologist with a background in Psychoanalysis Theory (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain) and in Humanitarian Action (University of Groningen, Holland). Currently she is a Lecturer at Bangkok University, Thailand. iamorim@yahoo.com
 

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