Keynote Address – Sherry Hamby
When people dream of the future, they do not dream about avoiding depression or minimizing pain. People dream about seeking and achieving joy, love, and meaning. After many years of focusing on victimization, risks, deficits, and symptoms, health and social services are finally starting to address the ways that individual, family, and community strengths help people overcome family violence and other adversities. Using a new concept called “resilience portfolios,” Dr. Hamby will use multiple mixed methods datasets involving in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys to identify key strengths that promote thriving after family and other violence. Dr. Hamby will focus on ways that psychologists and other practitioners can assess and promote key strengths for facilitating resilience after trauma. She will illustrate how to choose evidence-based assessments and interventions, such as motivational interviewing and narrative, to support clients’ achievement of well-balanced resilience portfolios to help them thrive after adversity.