Empowering Resilience: Coaching and Counseling Clients to Weather the Storm in Challenging Times

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In these unprecedented times, we are all trying to figure out how to best adjust to all of the changes that are impacting our lives.  What do you do when uncertainty and change become the norm? Cultivating resilience, the capacity to adapt successfully in the presence of risk and adversity and to bounce back, or forward, from setbacks, and high stress, may be the anecdote to weathering these difficult times. Due to the complexity of career development and exploration during the pandemic, it is important for career coaches and counselors to recognize when clients may have low resilience, and how to empower them to develop skills that boost their overall well-being.

In this interactive discussion we will explore practical and accessible techniques to keep you and your clients healthy and resilient during these challenging times.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about what resilience is and the current research around this topic.
  2. Recognize the signs of low resilience and how that may hinder your client’s career development process.
  3. Explore practical tips and strategies on how to not only increase our own well-being but to help boost our clients’ resiliency as well.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Rochelle Johnson, DProf, MA, UKCP reg., is a global leadership, well-being, and work-life expert; mental health professional; an award-winning lecturer, researcher, and management consultant, with over 25 years’ experience working in international settings. Known for her engaging presentation and facilitating style, Rochelle’s mission is to help people live their best lives and tap their potential in the workplace.  She is also dedicated to helping leaders and organizations create a healthy workplace culture by providing them strategies and innovations around improving communications, building individual and community resilience, work-life, and wellness initiatives to empower their employees to thrive so they can perform at their best in both their professional and personal lives.

Dr. Johnson is the Chief Well-Being Officer of Persuasion Point, a management consulting firm dedicated to teaching leaders and teams how to create and sustain healthy, inclusive, and profitable workplace cultures. Before joining Persuasion Point, Dr. Johnson oversaw USAID’s Staff Care Work Life and Wellness program for 10,000 employees worldwide. She designed and presented workshops and webinars on caregiving, finance, parenting, restorative sleep, mindfulness techniques, stress management and family issues, wellness tips and work life balance. Dr. Johnson has also provided individual and group psychoeducational programs for employees at various US government agencies, both domestically and internationally, and multinational corporations.  Dr. Johnson has lived and worked in five countries and has extensive experience working in various US States, Canada, Europe. and Latin America as well as with clients globally particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

After receiving her BSFS in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Politics from Georgetown University, Dr. Johnson earned a Master’s in Arts in Media Studies from the New School of Social Research in New York.  She received her doctorate in psychotherapy from NSPC/Middlesex and completed her residency at the Montgomery County Crisis Center in Rockville, Maryland.  Dr. Johnson is also a certified crisis team specialist and Core Strengths Facilitator.  She has also trained as a career development facilitator and mediator.