Helping Clients Develop Resilience During Difficult Times



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | May 18, 2021, 1 - 3 p.m. ET
Instructor: Jessica Gifford, LICSW
CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

Resilience skills help individuals to manage stress and navigate challenges with greater emotional strength and flexibility. The session will provide an overview of several resilience-building strategies and the research behind them. This is an interactive workshop in which participants will learn and practice a range of exercises and discuss how they can be used in their work with clients. Exercises include self-compassion practice, guided visualizations, writing and reflection. 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by March 19, 2021: $50
Regular registration by May 17, 2021: $55

CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define resilience
  2. Explain the impact of resilency on individual wellbeing  and its limitations in affecting social change.
  3. List five evidence-based strategies to build resilience
  4. Identify current research on the benefits of resilience strategies such as self-compassion
  5. Describe how to incorporate resilience practices into your clinical work

  • 1 - 1:10 p.m. ET: Introductions 1:10
  • 1:10 - 1:25 p.m. ET: Resilience Exercise: Counteracting the negativity bias 
  • 1:25 - 1:40 p.m. ET: Definition of resilience and its importance 
  • 1:40 - 1:50 p.m. ET: Resilience Exercise: Connect to Your Values 
  • 1:50 - 2:05 p.m. ET: Resilience Exercise: Change Your Perspective
  • 2:05 - 2:20 p.m. ET: Resilience Exercise: Self-Compassion
  • 2:20 - 2:30 p.m. ET: Resilience Exercise: Gratitude Practices
  • 2:30 - 2:40 p.m. ET: Brain plasticity and building neural networks for resilience 
  • 2:40 - 3 p.m. ET: Integrating resilience building skills into your clinical practice

About the Instructor:

Jessica Gifford, LICSW, received her M.S.W.  from Smith College School for Social Work and has a background in individual and group counseling. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of college mental health and wellness, as the director of wellness at Hampshire College and the associate director of mental health promotion at the Amherst College Counseling Center. Gifford currently owns a business consulting with schools and colleges on how to build student protective factors, increase resilience and create a culture of belonging on campus. Gifford’s areas of expertise include social connection, belonging, resiliency and positive psychology. She has presented at numerous conferences and is the author of the Resiliency Skills Training Workbook: 10-minute exercises to improve your health and happiness. You can learn more about her work at

Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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