Pamela C. Alexander, Ph.D.
 Secure parent-child relationships
 Supportive partner relationships
 Friendships
 Supportive communities
 If necessa...
 Reflective functioning – the child learns self-
empathy and how to self-soothe
 Much easier to do w/in the context of
s...
 Developing a coherent narrative
 Engaging in “turning points”
 Considering new interpretations
 Genetics?
 Some have a thicker skin
 Others are more sensitive
 But those who are more sensitive respond
even better ...
 Can’t escape the effects of social context
◦ Family environment, especially for a child
◦ Work stress if it’s the source...
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Connections & Conversations - Wellness & Resilience: What can we learn from people with a history of trauma? - Pamela Alexander

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Connections & Conversations - Wellness & Resilience: What can we learn from people with a history of trauma? - Pamela Alexander

  1. 1. Pamela C. Alexander, Ph.D.
  2. 2.  Secure parent-child relationships  Supportive partner relationships  Friendships  Supportive communities  If necessary, psychotherapy
  3. 3.  Reflective functioning – the child learns self- empathy and how to self-soothe  Much easier to do w/in the context of supportive relationships  Also approaches such as mindfulness, body awareness, relaxation techniques, yoga
  4. 4.  Developing a coherent narrative  Engaging in “turning points”  Considering new interpretations
  5. 5.  Genetics?  Some have a thicker skin  Others are more sensitive  But those who are more sensitive respond even better to supportive interactions
  6. 6.  Can’t escape the effects of social context ◦ Family environment, especially for a child ◦ Work stress if it’s the source of one’s income ◦ Social instability and poverty  So resilience is everyone’s responsibility within society – not just the individual

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