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619 | Bounce: Faith-based Tools to Build Resilience in a Stressed, Anxious, and Traumatized World

Positive Psychology, Health, and Wellness: Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Flourishing, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Donna Gibbs, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Resilience is the goal of many clients who desire to thrive amid the circumstances and challenges that keep them stuck; however, psychologists, licensed mental health and medical professionals, and ministry leaders do not often think about their own resilience. The pandemic showed two vulnerabilities in the human services industry—mental health and medical professionals are susceptible to burnout and are essential for the world to continue operating at any level. This presentation will introduce and demonstrate various simple, unsuspecting, innate, invisible, and powerful tools, of which, from a Christian perspective, God has equipped every human to help people be healthy and stay resilient. In this workshop, the presenter will teach whole-person tools that are highly effective in jumpstarting hope and resilience when utilized appropriately, triggering the release of healing hormones and neurotransmitters, and promoting physical, emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual health. This presentation is designed to help human service professionals and ministry leaders stay resilient and effective in their current roles.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the foundational rationale for the application of these innate tools as related to research surrounding the release of hormones and neurotransmitters, as well as the physical and emotional implications of their use.
2. List the use of numerous unsuspecting tools for facilitating grounding and resilience as they support themselves through challenging stressors, traumas, and seasons of life.
3. Describe experiential techniques that assist the professional in achieving a reduction of distress, increased hope, motivation for change, and whole-person resilience.
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