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Dr. Thomas G. Broussard, Jr., a neuroeducator, author, and public speaker, is dedicated to educating the national community about stroke and aphasia, the loss of language that often results from a stroke. Broussard suffered a stroke in 2011 and in the many months that followed, worked to recover his abilities to read, write, and speak. His journey led him to create Stroke Diary: A Primer for Aphasia Therapy which provides tools for rehabilitation.
Dr. Broussard was formerly associate dean, Admissions & Career Services at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and is the founder/owner of Stroke Educator, Inc.
The AUNE Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, offering an opportunity for thoughtful exchange on topics of special interest or current events.
The AUNE Department of Applied Psychology is pleased to host Dr. Eileen Russell on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Community Room as she discusses her recent book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing. People enter therapy not just because they are stuck and struggling, but also because they’re ready for change and have some hope of experiencing it. That readiness is a manifestation of each person’s innate resilience, their capacity to work on their own behalf to heal, according to Dr. Russell.
Many of the common modes of clinical work focus on pathology, the effects of habits or conditions that can be healed through clinical work, but Dr. Russell, without discounting the importance of pathology, offers up the idea that the best way to help with what’s going wrong in people’s lives is to build from the foundation of what’s going right. The book provides therapists with practical tips and the information needed to identify the potential for resilience in their clients and help them cultivate and deepen it for lasting change.
Drawing on interpersonal neurobiology and affect regulation research, as well as numerous theoretical orientations including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Focusing, attachment theory, and EMDR, Dr. Russell’s book provides the essential tools and background for any therapist interested in engaging in resilience-oriented therapy. Dr. Russell will share anecdotes from her own clinical work, including stories of patients who have become more resilient through therapy.