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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Thursday, June 15 • 15:00 - 16:30
Family and Community Resilience - Monique Reynolds, Michal Finklestein and Shira Pagorek Eshel, Erica Siddall and Melissa van der Maden

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Family and Community Resilience

Abstract #269
Title: Growing Seeds of Resilience in Our Communities:  Lessons from collaborative community partnerships
Monique Reynolds (Coronado SAFE, USA)
Siloed approaches to addressing the needs of a community are limited in their reach and access to resources.  This model of community partnerships brings together traditionally siloed stakeholders to promote resilience.  Tools and techniques to enhance collaboration will be discussed as well as innovative funding approaches.
Methods: The Coronado SAFE Coalition is a network of stakeholders within the community who represent local schools, local government, police, private businesses, community service organizations, and local families.  The programs borne of this collaborative  structure promote wellness and reduce specific vulnerabilities within our community, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide.
Specific examples of programs that have developed within the community include parenting education programs, school and community-based mental health education and early intervention programs, early childhood social-emotional learning programs, and individual and family counseling. All programs are free to participants and are funded through public-private partnerships.
Findings: This joint approach to community resilience provides effective, evidence-based programs that support specific community needs.  The role of the organization as a trusted entity within the community plays a tremendous role in reducing the stigma associated with help-seeking. The model developed through Coronado SAFE’s work is highly replicable across communities.

Abstract #74
Title: The role of family resilience and self-differentiation in explaining adolescents' anxiety and personal resilience among families exposed to political conflict
Michal Finklestein and Shira Pagorek Eshel (Zefat Academic College, Israel)
Families with adolescents exposed to ongoing political conflict face challenges resulting from their threatened security as well as the developmental stage of the family. The role of the family system in contributing to adolescents' psychological adjustment was studied. Personal and family resilience, self-differentiation, and anxiety in parents and their adolescents were examined.
Methods: The sample was obtained through the convenience sampling approach, and included 89 dyads of parents and their adolescents, who resided in the Gaza surrounding communities in the south of Israel, exposed to missile fire for 13 years. 71 mothers and 18 fathers, aged 35-60, and 39 sons and 50 adolescent daughters, aged 11-18 participated. The questionnaires examined parents' and their adolescent's exposure to missile shooting threats, and evaluated levels of anxiety (TAI), personal resilience (CD-RISK), self- differentiation (DSI), and family resilience (FRAS). Statistical analyses included a repeated measure MANOVA and hierarchical regression.
Findings: Findings contribute to understanding adolescents' psychological adjustment under political conflict. Increasing their FR and SD, may enhance personal resilience and decrease  anxiety. 

Abstract #245
Title: Tribal Theory and the Development of "In the Moment" Resilience
 Erica Siddall and Melissa van der Maden (Tribal Theory Arts and Sciences, Canada)
Resilience, or one’s ability to overcome adversity, enables individuals and communities to continue growing when confronted by trauma and suffering. Yet, resilience is not found in all individuals. For instance, children whose problem-solving efforts are met with criticism too often grow up feeling as though they cannot weather the storm.
Methods: In the face of an increasing global need to heal from trauma, it is imperative to be able to foster resilience in those who otherwise have none. Tribal Theory is a unique model of creative trauma response which immediately facilitates the development of resilience. By creatively exploring one's authentic role in the human social tribe, this inclusive framework examines how an individual's response to a traumatic event may have displaced them from their authentic role and led them to adopt maladaptive behaviours.
Findings: Even after years of being displaced from one's authentic role, applying Tribal Theory creates a paradigm shift towards healing and allows individuals to make meaning of past traumas. Tribal Theory accelerates post-traumatic growth and is much-needed in trauma response, creating “in the moment” resilience on individual, communal, and global contexts.


Michal Finklestein

Zefat Academic College
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Melissa van der Maden

Director or Training and Community Development- Eastern Canada, Tribal Theory Arts & Sciences +

Monique Reynolds

Coronado SAFE

Thursday June 15, 2017 15:00 - 16:30 SAST
Room 07 Century City Conference Centre