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Treatment Approaches to Enhance Resilience Following Trauma

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September's Element of Wellness is Resilience

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Bouncing Forward: Treatment Approaches to Enhance Resilience Following Trauma     

A 3 CEU seminar presented by SLU professor and trauma expert, Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW

Resilience is “the ability to bounce forward.” Whether recovering from cancer, divorce, job loss, tours of duty, domestic violence, or the death of a loved one, we seek to understand and know what helps us to “bounce forward.” We will explore this together, discovering strategies that are future orientated and will enable us to help heal those struggling through their trauma. 


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

1. Understand research findings that outline the clinical/biological effects of trauma,

2. Identify characteristics and traits associated with positive outcomes that enhance resilience,

3. Apply best practices that facilitate resilience and improve health outcomes following trauma.


Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSWis an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) Schools of Social Work, Allied Health, and Medicine for the past 27 years.  Dr. Behrman is recognized for his expertise as clinician, educator, and consultant and has a private practice in St. Louis County. He has extensive training in trauma recovery and served as a first responder for numerous crisis events around the country, including an assignment at Ground Zero following the attacks on 911 and with Ferguson/Florissant MO School District following the unrest in 2016. His research and publications are in trauma recovery and the role of spirituality and faith in the healing process.