1st Edition

Fostering Resilience Before, During, and After Experiences of Trauma Insights to Inform Practice Across the Lifetime

Edited By Buuma Maisha, Stephanie Massicotte, Melanie Morin Copyright 2021
    208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume recognizes that resilience, and the most effective means of harnessing it, differ across individuals, contexts and time. Presenting chapters written by a range of scholars and clinicians, the book highlights effective evidence-based approaches to nurturing resilience, before, during and after a traumatic experience or event.

    By identifying distinct therapeutic tools which can be used effectively to meet the particular needs and limitations associated with different age groups, clients and types of experience, the volume addresses specific challenges and benefits of nurturing resilience and informs best practice as well as self-care. Approaches explored in the volume include the use of group activities to teach resilience to children, the role of sense-making for victims of sex trafficking, and the ways in which identity and spirituality can be used to help young and older adults in the face of pain and bereavement. Chapters also draw on the lived experiences of those who have engaged in a personal or guided journey towards finding new meaning and achieving posttraumatic growth following experiences of trauma.

    The rich variety of approaches offered here will be of interest to clinicians, counsellors, scholars and researchers involved in the practice and study of building resilience, as well as trauma studies, psychology and mental health more broadly. The personal and practice-based real-life stories in this volume will also resonate with individuals, family and community members facing adversity.

    Hélène’s Story: What Does Resilience look like? A Personal Testimony on My Journey
    Hélène Campbell

    1. Introduction

    Resilience: When, Where, Why and For Whom is it Relevant?
    Buuma Maisha; Melanie Morin & Stephanie Massicotte

    Part I: Developing Resilience Prior to Facing Mental Health Challenges and Adversity

    2. An Experiential Learning Tool for Teaching About the Promotion of Child Resilience to Mental Health Concerns: Moods Managed
    Laura Lynne Armstrong

    3. Social Media and Resilience
    Stephanie Massicotte & Melanie Morin

    4. Resilience in the Older Adult
    Judith Malette & Nicolas Galton

    5. Identity and Resilience in Victims of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
    Willem F. Scholte, Rina S. Ghafoerkhan & Linda M. Verhaak

    Part II: Resilience and Identity During Adversities

    6. Resilience, Spirituality, and the Imaginary in the Context of Chronic Pain
    Christian R. Bellehumeur & Laure-Marie Carignan

    7. A Resilient Identity; Myth or Reality?
    Stephanie Massicotte

    8. Resilience as it Relates to the Young Adults with a Sudden Onset of Chronic Illness
    Melanie Morin

    9. Acculturation Stress and Resilience Among Immigrant Families
    Winnie Pak Wan Yeung & Christian R. Bellehumeur

    Part III: Nurturing Resilience Following Traumatic Events

    10. Grieving and Resilience Factors for the Widow(er): Role Transition
    Ghislaine Benmoussa & Buuma Maisha

    11. Relationships as Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth Factors for War-Time Survivors with Interpretations of Rape as Sexual Taboo: Healing Embrace
    Buuma Maisha

    12. The Narrative of Resilience through Social Media in the Black Community: #Overcome
    Shanna Ossé and Stephanie Massicotte

    13. Conclusion: The Lessons We Learned on Resilience and Adversity
    Buuma Maisha


    Buuma Maisha is an assistant professor of psychotherapy and counselling at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

    Stephanie Massicotte is a licensed psychotherapist with a master’s degree in counselling and spirituality. She currently works as a crisis counsellor in Ottawa, Canada.

    Melanie Morin holds a master’s degree in counselling and spirituality. She currently works at the Public Service Commission of Canada.