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The Psychology of Resilience

28 January 2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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About the Event

The Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section would like to invite you to our face-to-face conference which will have the theme of Psychological Resilience.

Our Section recognises the importance of psychological resilience across the life-time and during our conference you will have the chance to learn about the cutting edge research which is taking place on this topic.

Our conference will explore a diverse range of research, looking at psychological resilience from birth through to end of life.

We will consider how an evidence-based understanding of the psychology of resilience can help to support people who are experiencing trauma.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the day we expect delegates to:

  • Have an awareness of current research into the psychology of resilience.
  • Have gained a personal insight into increasing resilience using a psychobiological approach.
  • Understand the role that psychological resilience has across the life-span from birth to old ago.

30 Tabernacle St, London EC2A 4UE

Event Location: 


09:30  Coffee and Registration
10.00 Introduction to the Day - Kay Bridger and Dr Sarita Robinson 

Trauma and Growth Post Birth - Prof Gillian Thomson

10:50 The Psychobiology Cost of Caregiving - Prof Mark Wetherell
11:30 It’s not all in the mind – Police Resilience - Noreen Tehrani
12:10 Q&A - Dr Anne Douglas
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Looking after yourself: A Psychobiological guide to well-being (workshop) - Dr Sarita Robinson
14:30 Tea/Coffee Break

Dysexistential syndrome: the pathology of psychogenic death - Dr John Leach

15:30 Community Action and Resilience – Dr Sally Zlotowitz 
16:10  Q&A - Dr Anne Douglas
16:30 Conference Finish & Close

Trauma and growth following birth trauma -  Prof Gillian Thomson

Birth trauma, as with other forms of trauma, comes from being in a frightening and helpless situation, and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) onset. While there are antenatal and intrapartum risk factors for birth trauma/PTSD, such as a history of depression and intrapartum complications, women’s subjective perceptions are perceived to be the most important.  Birth trauma/PTSD is associated with negative impacts for mothers, infants and families.  However, depending on how women respond and the support that women receive following the event, it also offers the potential for growth.  Trauma offers the premise for new possibilities and meanings, through post-traumatic growth. In this presentation I outline how birth trauma is enacted and internalised by women, and how through different supportive mechanisms can lead to fundamental and transformative alterations in how women perceive themselves, others, and their lifeworld.


The Psychobiology Cost of Caregiving - Prof Mark Wetherell

Stress is something that we all experience, and for most of us it is an unpleasant state that can have negative consequences for our health and wellbeing. Although this is certainly the case for long term, chronic stress, the responses that we produce in the face of short-term challenges or adversity are adaptive and help us to deal with the stressors that we encounter. Problems occur, however; when we experience repeated or chronic stress. Such is the case in those who provide care for others with complex needs. For the last ten years or so we have been assessing the psychological (how we feel and behave) and biological (how the body responds) effects of caregiving. We also investigate differences in the caregiver experience so that we can understand why the stress of caregiving is greater for some people. 
This talk will describe what happens when we get stressed and how this can be helpful in the short term. To show the effects of chronic stress on health and wellbeing, I will then present some of our research on caregivers and highlight findings that could be important in developing techniques to buffer the harmful effects of chronic stress.

Resilience in the Face of Disasters - Dr Noreen Tehrani

It seems that the world is entering an age of disasters.  COVID 19 has had a profound effect on individuals and communities worldwide. As we begin to emerge, we see global warming causing floods, fires, and famine affecting every continent.  In this presentation, we will look at how communities and emergency workers prepare to meet the demands of disasters and respond to the survivors' immediate and longer-term psycho-social needs.


Looking after yourself: A Psychobiological guide to well-being (workshop) - Dr Sarita Robinson

We are continually told that we should be more resilient. However, exactly how we become more resilient is often not outlined. Come along to this workshop to learn how our physical and mental health are linked and how a psychobiological approach can help us to maintain good levels of mental well-being. This workshop will focus on sleep, diet, exercise, social support and optimism.


Dysexistential syndrome: the pathology of psychogenic death - Dr John Leach

It has been observed historically that one response to severe trauma is psychological withdrawal coupled with a loss of meaning, motivation and goal-directed behaviour.  Unless recovered this response can deteriorate into apathy and conditions comparable to aboulia and psychic akinesia before reaching a pre-cursor stage for psychogenic death (‘give-up-itis’).  This process follows a behavioural spectrum suggesting an independent syndrome consequent upon frontal-subcortical circuit dysfunction that prevents a person from interacting adaptively with his or her environment and viewing death as a coping strategy.

Community Action and Resilience – Dr Sally Zlotowitz

This talk to discuss the work carried out by the BPS Covid-19 Community Action and Resilience Working Group. Abstract to follow. 

Registration will open shortly, please check back soon.

BPS Concessions/Student Members £75.00
CDT Section Members £75.00
BPS Members £95.00
Non-Members £120.00

*All prices include VAT

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