Media invited to seminar on trauma and resilience

In recent years, behavioral health providers have become more sensitive to the needs of individuals impacted by negative experiences. Through this focus on trauma, clinicians are more effectively helping clients heal from these events.

Rosecrance Community Relations Coordinator Dr. Marcie Phillis has studied the connection between trauma and behavioral health disorders, as well as the power of resilience. In interviews with hundreds of trauma survivors, she found that people are more likely to be successful rebounding from trauma if they engage in inward and outward-focused activities. These activities, like finding a mentor, participating in a therapeutic program, engaging in self-expression, physical activity, as well as serving other in meaningful ways, help trauma survivors experience long-term resilience.

“It takes a lot of strength to process the hurt, but it is so empowering when an abuse victim of trauma is able to transform into a resilient survivor,” she said.

Dr. Phillis will present her research on trauma and resilience to local behavioral health professionals at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Rosecrance Warrenville. She will be available to talk with media from 10-10:15 a.m. following her presentation.