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Monday, June 28, 2010

HDSA Convention 2010, Raleigh, NC

I just returned from the HDSA Convention in Raleigh, NC.  What a great group of people!  I was very moved by the people I met, especially the families living with Huntington's disease.

It was great to be able to meet with other Social Workers from across the country who are also working everyday to help the families who are living with this very difficult disease.

The picture above is of the "candlelight" ceremony in remembrance of the many people we have lost due to HD as well as in honor of those who are fighting on and working with HD.  It was a very powerful and moving ceremony, something I will not soon forget.  More to come soon!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Learned resilience.

There have only been a few decades of research on the topic of resilience and most of this has been in the area of pediatrics growing up in hazardous conditions or as survivors of trauma. Much of the research discusses factors of resilience for children as they develop.

What about adults? If an adult is not predisposed to these factors of resilience or did not develop these factors due to trauma(s), can resilience be learned later in life. New research is suggesting that adults can learn new pathways to resilience and in fact many adults can find a multitude of pathways to resilience.

George A. Bonanno, PhD out of Columbia University, has done quite a bit of work on resilience and coping with grief and trauma. His research is pointing to the fact that not only can resilience be learned, it is in fact quite common.

Here is a link to George Bonanno's website at Columbia:

This leads to the question of best methods to develop or enhance resilience in Care partners of PD, particularly for care partners that have been in the caring role for many years. I believe Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a method that can help enhance resilience in the face of adversity.

What do other Social Workers working in PD find is effective in assisting care partners or PWPs enhance their resilience?