Preventing Trauma and Its Consequences A Five-Part Webinar Series by the South Southwest PTTC Session 2: The Science and Power of Hope and How to Nurture it in Youth and Adults
Hope has emerged as one of the top factors leading to humans flourishing across the life span. This seminar will present the science of hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences. In particular, this presentation will summarize over a decade of research that show (1) hope predicts adaptive outcomes, (2) hope buffers the effects of adversity, and (3) hope can be influenced and sustained. This seminar will also present "hands-on" tools to assess hope and develop strategies to nurture it for both children and adults. Please join us to discuss how this work is applied to many settings in your community.
Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Fall of 2020. His research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity and informed the development of the "Hope Centered and Trauma-Informed" training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book "Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life" with his co-author Casey Gwinn.