“Building Resilience by Not ‘Shoulding’ on Yourself”

The way we think about situations and the stories we tell ourselves about them impact our mood, self-confidence, work effectiveness, and relationships. This presentation addresses the oftentimes unconscious and maladaptive manners of thinking and feeling that undermine our resilience. These thoughts may be related to critical incidents such as inappropriate trauma-related guilt. These maladaptive ways of thinking also occur, worsening daily stressors encountered on and off the job. Strategies for becoming aware of and intentionally countering these resilience thieves are offered to promote resilience during adversities, large and small. 

Learning objectives:
1) Attendees will identify thinking and language patterns that hinder resilience
2) Attendees will identify more adaptive, resilience-promoting manners of thinking.

Date: May 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Target audience: First Responders 


Dr. Stephanie M. Conn, First Responder Psychology, Licensed Psychologist/Author

Law Enforcement Experience (14 years combined sworn/non-sworn), 7 years as Mental Health Provider

PhD in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Dr. Stephanie Conn is a former police officer, as well as the daughter and wife of police officers, and currently works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice, specializing in police stress, trauma, work-life balance, coping, and resilience. She began as a dispatcher/call-taker before becoming an officer with the Fort Worth Police Department and then earning her doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has presented widely to emergency responders, sharing wisdom gained from her police experience, her research, and her therapy practice. She is the author of Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel.




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