about resiliency

Resiliency has been the topic of significant research and interest for the much of the past 40 years. Known by some as an individual’s ability to reconstruct meaning to unfortunate life events or the capacity to rebound from adversity strengthened and more resourceful, resiliency has been found in the life stories of childhood trauma survivors, families and communities.

Based on research and therapeutic experience of sharing her client’s life stories, Joanne has linked the idea of the resiliency process acting as a bridge between positions of difference.

The Resiliency Project

The Resiliency Project was developed by Joanne to share information, thoughts and ideas on the way that resiliency can be fostered in therapy and used to build bridges.  As practicing psychologist with over 30 years experience, Joanne was interested in the ways that therapists could use the resiliency process, thus the Resiliency Project was formed to include ways to:

1.  Develop Intercultural Resiliency

2. Expand One’s Worldview by adopting a modified pluralist approach

3. Include elements from the ‘fringe’ from the client’s narrative, e.g. religion, culture, gender, addictions, into the therapy dialogue. Joanne had found that resiliency, found in both religious and psychological discourse, provides a process of understanding that can foster a dialogue between psychology and religion. After many years of separation, the disciplines of religion and psychology are beginning to forge new connections.This was the basis for understanding and work with other elements from the ‘fringe’ as well.

Joanne’s current focus for The Resiliency Project is the publication of her book The Fifth Position: A Guide for Developing Intercultural Resiliency and the workshop linked to the book “Developing Intercultural Resiliency”.

Additional information on The Resiliency Project can be found on the Resiliency Workshops and The Resiliency Story Collection pages.