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Building Resilience throughout the life span. Paula Barrett, Pathways Health and Research Centre,University of Queensland

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Nfhk2011 paula barrett_plenary2

  1. 1. Building Resiliencethroughout the life span Paula Barrett Pathways Health and Research Centre www.pathwayshrc.com.au University of Queensland
  2. 2. Acknowledgments• All children, families and professionals in Australia and worldwide, who have learnt the skills of the Friends Program and have made positive changes in their lives.• My family and my loving animals• Pathways Team and research teams
  3. 3. “The very motion ofour lives is towards happiness “ Dalai Lama
  4. 4. RESILIENCE IS THE ABILITY TO BOUNCEBACK IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.
  5. 5. Has history shown progress towards human happiness?“Citizens of affluent countries have physically healthier, longer life spans but receive much less social support from friendships and extended families. Do these citizens have psychologically healthier lives? ”
  6. 6. What we know:Obesity /early onset diabetes andanxiety/depressive disorders will be moreprevalent in western countries than anyother health problem in the next 30 years.(World Health Organisation conference, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  7. 7. “We can not always build a secure future but we can build ourselves and our children strong for the future.”
  8. 8. Risk and Protective Factors for Human Development• Risk Factors: • Protective Factors:• Temperament Physiological sensitivity – low thresholds • Attachment for stress • Cognitive style• Neurological/brain • Family development • Sleep/Diet/Exercise• Attention Biases • Evidence based prevention programs• Life Events traumas
  9. 9. Evidence Based Resilience Programs Attachment Stable, unconditionally loving relationships, Learning Self - soothing, mirror self-worth, Cognitive Problem solving skills PositiveCoping Behavioural Skills acceptance, thinking skills Positive role models safety about self, Support networks others and the environment Physiological Awareness of body clues Relaxation techniques Self-regulation
  10. 10. Resilience ModelsExercise, Diet, Emotional Sleep Social Skills Emotional Development Family- Communities Neuroplasticity Citizenship Brain/Cognitive Development
  11. 11. • The Brain that Changes itself – Norman Doidge, 2008• The Sweet Poison Quit Plan – David Gillespie, 2010• Second Nature - The Inner Life of Animals – Jonathan Balcombe, 2010• Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv, 2010
  12. 12. Thank you All references on website www.pathwayshrc.com.autraining@pathwayshrc.com.au

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