Book: The Resilience Workbook

Book Title:

The Resilience Workbook – Essential Skills to Recover from Stress, Trauma, and Adversity.

Author(s): Glenn R. Schiraldi (PhD).

Year: 2017.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated Edition.

Publisher: New Harbinger.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

What is resilience, and how can you build it? In The Resilience Workbook, Glenn Schiraldi-author of The Self-Esteem Workbook-offers invaluable insight and outlines essential skills to help you bounce back from setbacks and cultivate a growth mindset.

Why do some people sail through life’s storms, while others are knocked down? Resilience is the key. Resilience is the ability to recover from difficult experiences, such as death of loved one, job loss, serious illness, terrorist attacks, or even just daily stressors and challenges. Resilience is the strength of body, mind, and character that enables people to respond well to adversity. In short, resilience is the cornerstone of mental health.

Combining evidence-based approaches including positive psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and relaxation, The Resilience Workbook will show you how to bounce back and thrive in any difficult situation. You will learn how to harness the power of your brain’s natural neuroplasticity; manage strong, distressing emotions; and improve mood and overall well-being. You will also discover powerful skills to help you prevent and recover from stress-related conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, anger, and substance abuse disorders.

When the going gets tough, you need real, proven-effective skills to manage your stress and heal from setbacks. The comprehensive and practical exercises in this workbook will help you cultivate resilience, stay calm under pressure, and face all of life’s challenges.

Book: Building Resilience In Children And Teens

Book Title:

Building Resilience In Children And Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings.

Author(s): Kenneth R. Ginsburg with Martha M. Jablow.

Year: 2014.

Edition: Third (3rd).

Publisher: American Academy of Paediatrics.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

This invaluable guide from bestselling author and pediatrican Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, FAAP, offers coping strategies to help children and teens deal with stress due to academic pressure, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension.

Recommendations guide parents to help kids from the age of 18 months to 18 years build the seven crucial “C’s” – competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control – needed to bounce back from life’s challenges.

This book provides a wide range of tactics, including building on natural strengths, fostering hope and optimism, avoiding risky behaviours, and taking care of oneself physically and emotionally. This edition includes new chapters on the topic of grit, stress and how how one’s perception of stress affects what stress really is, toxic stress, and the protective role of nurturant adults. It also addresses the issue of adolescents responding to stress by either indulging in unhealthy behaviours or giving up completely, and the suggested solutions are aimed at strengthening resilience.

Is Psychological Resilience Important for Later-Life Mental Health?

Research Paper Title

The Impact of Military Service Exposures and Psychological Resilience on the Mental Health Trajectories of Older Male Veterans.

Background

The researchers examine the impact of exposure to the dead, dying, and wounded (DDW) during military service on the later-life depressive symptom trajectories of male United States veterans, using psychological resilience as an internal resource that potentially moderates negative consequences.

Methods

The Health and Retirement Study (2006-2014) and linked Veteran Mail Survey were used to estimate latent growth curve models of depressive symptom trajectories, beginning at respondents’ first report of resilience.

Results

Veterans with higher levels of resilience do not have increased depressive symptoms in later life, despite previous exposure to DDW. Those with lower levels of resilience and previous exposure to DDW experience poorer mental health in later life.

Conclusions

Psychological resilience is important for later-life mental health, particularly for veterans who endured potentially traumatic experiences. The researchers discuss the importance acknowledging the role individual resources play in shaping adaptation to adverse life events and implications for mental health service needs.

Reference

Urena, S. Taylor, M.G. & Carr, D.C. (2020) The Impact of Military Service Exposures and Psychological Resilience on the Mental Health Trajectories of Older Male Veterans. Journal of Aging and Health. doi: 10.1177/0898264320975231. Online ahead of print.

Book: Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

Book Title:

Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach.

Author(s): Michael Neenan.

Year: 2017.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: Routledge.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Some individuals emerge from grim experiences stronger in mind and spirit than others who suffered the same ordeal. In this updated and revised edition, Michael Neenan focuses on the meanings we attach to life’s adversities in order to understand how we respond to them. This is why different people can react to the same adverse event in a variety of ways such as fighting back or crumbling. Different meanings of what constitutes resilience are also discussed and the author takes issue with the simplistic view of it as bouncing back from adversity which suggests the absence of struggle and emotional pain as well as underestimating how long the process of self-righting can sometimes take.

Developing Resilience shows how people can find constructive ways of dealing with hard times by using the ideas and techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy as well as drawing on the viewpoints and experiences of other writers presented here. This book provides useful guidance and advice on topics including:

  • Managing negative emotions in difficult times.
  • Using an assets and liabilities model to understand resilient behaviour.
  • Distinguishing between what’s within and outside of your control.
  • Identifying and changing attitudes that undermine resilience building.
  • Developing self-belief.
  • Increasing your level of frustration tolerance.
  • Maintaining a resilient outlook.

This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about resilience as well as for mental health professionals, coaches and therapists looking for guidance in helping their clients to cope better with adversity.

Book: The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook

Book Title:

The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook).

Author(s): Anneliese A. Singh (PhD, LPC) and Diane Ehrensaft (PhD).

Year: 2018.

Edition: First (1st) Workbook Edition.

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications.

Type(s): Paperback and eTextbook.

Synopsis:

How can you build unshakable confidence and resilience in a world still filled with ignorance, inequality, and discrimination? The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook will teach you how to challenge internalised negative messages, handle stress, build a community of support, and embrace your true self.

Resilience is a key ingredient for psychological health and wellness. It’s what gives people the psychological strength to cope with everyday stress, as well as major setbacks. For many people, stressful events may include job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce, or the death of a loved one. But if you are queer or gender non-conforming, life stresses may also include discrimination in housing and health care, employment barriers, homelessness, family rejection, physical attacks or threats, and general unfair treatment and oppression – all of which lead to overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. So, how can you gain resilience in a society that is so often toxic and unwelcoming?

In this important workbook, you will discover how to cultivate the key components of resilience: holding a positive view of yourself and your abilities; knowing your worth and cultivating a strong sense of self-esteem; effectively utilising resources; being assertive and creating a support community; fostering hope and growth within yourself, and finding the strength to help others. Once you know how to tap into your personal resilience, you’ll have an unlimited well you can draw from to navigate everyday challenges.

By learning to challenge internalised negative messages and remove obstacles from your life, you can build the resilience you need to embrace your truest self in an imperfect world.

Book: Clinical Psychology

Book Title:

The Science and Practice of Clinical Psychology.

Author(s): Timothy J. Trull and Mitch J. Prinstein.

Year: 2012.

Edition: Eighth (8th).

Publisher: Cengage Learning.

Type(s): Hardcover and Paperback.

Synopsis:

In language your students will understand and enjoy reading, Trull/Prinstein’s THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 8E, International Edition offers a concrete and well-rounded introduction to clinical psychology. A highly respected clinician and researcher, Dr. Trull examines the rigorous research training that clinicians receive, along with the empirically supported assessment methods and interventions that clinical psychologists must understand to be successful in the field. This new edition of Trull’s bestselling text covers cutting-edge trends, as well as offers enhanced coverage of culture, gender and diversity, and contemporary issues of health care. Written to inspire students thinking of pursuing careers in the field of clinical psychology, this text is a complete introduction.

Book: The Chemistry of Joy Workbook

Book Title:

The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook).

Author(s): Henry Emmons MD, Susan Bourgerie MA LP, Carolyn Denton MA LN, and Sandra Kacher MSW LICSW.

Year: 2012.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Illustrated Edition.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Joy comes of its own accord when we are in our naturally healthy state. Every one of us has the capacity for joy, but many forces in our lives keep us from enjoying this contented and healthy state of being.

When our resilience is depleted, we find it difficult to adapt to change, face challenges, and deal with the ups and downs life brings. If your natural resilience has been consumed by stress or depression, you can reclaim it with the resilience-building programme in The Chemistry of Joy Workbook. Through the questionnaires, exercises, and practices in this guide, you will explore the nine pathways to restoring mood, regaining balance, and rediscovering your capacity for joy.

This book will help you reclaim your joy by teaching you to balance your body with proper nutrition and principles from ayurvedic medicine, how to settle your mind with mindfulness practices, and how to skillfully managing those “emotional tsunamis”. In addition, you will learn to find the right medications and supplements, tap into the wisdom, generosity, and openness that lie within, and build your self-acceptance and connection with others.

If you are ready to reclaim your life from stress, depression, or anxiety and find deep, proufound happiness, this book will be your guide.

Book: The Art Of Resilience

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Book Title:

The Art Of Resilience – Strategies For An Unbreakable Mind And Body.

Author(s): Ross Edgley.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Harper Collins.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim around Great Britain, breaking multiple world records. Now Ross focuses on mental strength, stoicism and the training needed to create an unbreakable body.

Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ‘haunted’ whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.

Ross’s previous book, The World’s Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times bestseller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mindset in overcoming adversity.

This ground-breaking book represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human – whatever the challenge you face.

What are the Key Tenets for Developing a Unit-Based Army Resilience Programme?

Research Paper Title

The Process of Developing a Unit-Based Army Resilience Programme.

Background

The researchers review military doctrine, military public health data, medical literature, and educational literature with the intent of condensing key precepts into a succinct, pragmatic description of the essential steps for leaders looking to build a resilience programme to provide secondary prevention services.

Results

Although there continues to be a shortage of high-level evidence in support of specific preventive programmes, there are numerous large-scale reviews of prevention and health promotion efforts.

When combined with population-specific analyses, several essential concepts emerge as most relevant for smaller-scale prevention programmes.

Conclusions

The key tenets that programme leaders should embrace to optimise programme effectiveness include:

  • Utilisation of an instructional design approach;
  • Focus on evidence-based practices, and
  • Teaching resilience skills in order to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors for improved mental health outcomes.

Reference

Dragonetti, J.D., Gifford, T.W. & Yang, M.S. (2020) The Process of Developing a Unit-Based Army Resilience Program. Current Psychiatry Reports. 22(9), pp.48. doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-01169-w.

Does Hardiness Protect Against Alcohol Use in Soldiers?

Research Paper Title

Hardiness Protects Against Problematic Alcohol Use in Male, but Not Female, Soldiers.

Background

Military service members are at high risk for problematic substance use compared with the general population; deployment and combat exposure further increases this risk.

It is thus critical to identify resiliency factors that can buffer the negative effects of military experiences and potentially prevent problematic alcohol use.

The current research examines the extent to which psychological hardiness predicts lower risk of problematic alcohol use and explores potential sex differences in this association.

Methods

Data are from Operation: SAFETY, an ongoing study of US Army Reserve/National Guard soldiers.

Negative binomial regression models examined the relation between baseline hardiness, assessed by the 15-item Dispositional Resiliency Scale, and problematic alcohol use at the 1-year follow-up, assessed by the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (N = 260), controlling for baseline combat exposure (Combat Exposure subscale, Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory-2) and baseline quantity and frequency of alcohol use.

To examine the impact of hardiness on men and women, models were stratified by sex.

Results

In final, adjusted models, hardiness predicted lower risk of problematic alcohol use (adjusted risk ratio = 0.98; p < .05) for male soldiers and was unrelated to alcohol use for female soldiers (adjusted risk ratio = 1.01; p > .05).

Post hoc analyses explored the impact of each dimension of hardiness (i.e., commitment, control, and challenge) on problematic alcohol use.

Conclusions

Hardiness assessment may complement existing screening tools to identify high-risk populations; interventions to promote hardiness may help in preventing problematic alcohol use, particularly among male soldiers.

Reference

Kulak, J.A., Homish, D.L., Hoopsick, R.A., Fillo, J., Bartone, P.T. & Homish, G.G. (2020) Hardiness Protects Against Problematic Alcohol Use in Male, but Not Female, Soldiers. Psychological Services. doi: 10.1037/ser0000409. Online ahead of print.