Robert J. Ackerman, PhD

Child abuse, addiction and other trauma often do not end with childhood. When childhood is over the survivors are adults. Not all of the adult survivors become the walking wounded. Many are able to grow beyond the experience and develop resiliency skills using a strength-based model of recovery based on emotional, social and spiritual intelligences. Resilience is the ability to thrive despite adversity and enables people of all ages and backgrounds to lead healthy and fulfilling lives despite formidable obstacles. This workshop will focus on why adult victims of child abuse and other types of high risk families are not all the same and how many adults from high risk families have emerged as healthy and resilient while others continue to struggle. Techniques for using emotional, social and spiritual intelligences in order to develop resiliency skills and behaviors will be presented.


  1. Identify factors which explain why adults from high-risk families are affected differently.
  2. List protective factors necessary to overcome childhood trauma.
  3. Discuss the most common behaviors and attitudes found in resilient adults.
  4. Describe techniques for helping to develop resiliency skills in high-risk adults using emotional, social and spiritual intelligences.
  5. Compile the components of a strength-based model for recovery.
Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators. Advanced level. CE credits offered = 1.5 contact hours