Pearl Berman, PhD

Human beings have fundamental adaptive systems that help them respond to both positive and negative experiences. Once an individual has had negative experiences that increase their developmental risk, a cascade of other negative experiences may follow that further impact the individual's development. This presentation will discuss strategies for using factors that support resiliency to stress in treatment. The factors that will be covered include: attachment and close relationships; intelligence, ingenuity, and problem-solving capabilities; self-regulation and self-direction; mastery motivation, agency, and related reward systems; and faith, hope, and belief that life has meaning.


  1. Discuss at least three factors that have been found to increase resilience when facing life struggles.
  2. Assess case history information or signs of cascading negative effects.
  3. Design treatment goals that increase clients' resilience as they work to stop abusing substances.
Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators. Intermediate level. CE credits offered = 1.5 contact hours