WiRe Wellness: Building Your Resilience Toolbox
Time & Location
About The Event
Lorrie Peniston, BS (HONS), MAPP is a leader in the integration of Positive Psychology with traditional psychotherapy creating a hybrid approach to counseling. She has more than three decades of experience in various clinical treatment settings including over 25 years in private practice working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. As a consultant and educator, Lorrie provides training in both the private and public sector.
She was born in the United States where she began her professional career before moving to Bermuda in 1994. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction programs, employee and student assistance programs. Lorrie opened her current practice Synergy Ltd. in 2005.
In 1999, Lorrie was appointed to the Mental Health Review Tribunal in Bermuda by the Minister of Health and Family Services, a position she still maintains. Lorrie is a member of the Collaborative Law Alliance in Bermuda working as a coach to divorcing couples and trainer for professionals.
Lorrie received her B.S. with Honors in Individual and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. She received extensive post-graduate training and joined the elite Penn Resilience Program (PRP) Training Team in in 2010.
For four years, Lorrie worked extensively with the US Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Master Resilience Training Program. The Penn Team travelled and trained more than 40,000 soldiers at various military installations around the world. Lorrie taught and trained drill sergeants, other NCO’s officers, DA civilians and their families science-based resilience and performance skills.
Now as a senior member of the PRP Training team, she contributes to program development while continuing to facilitate programs for a variety of institutions around the world including secondary and higher education, law enforcement, healthcare and corporations.
For more information please visit: https://www.synergybda.com/
Topic Several decades of research have shown that resilience is composed of specific skills that can be learned, practiced and improved to manage change, challenge and adversity. These strategies build and enhance well-being.
We are exploring uncharted territory with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Within days we experienced sudden and unexpected disruptions in our social, economic, and psychological lives requiring rapid and pervasive adaptation. It is important that we be able to determine if adjustments and coping strategies are productive and if not, adopt more appropriate methods. Resilient individuals believe that they can leverage behaviors to manage challenges and produce results in their life to influence and improve well-being.
The uncertainty about the future and fear for physical health/safety can breed many emotions including anxiety and helplessness. When individuals use skills to increase resilience, they tolerate ambiguity, change, stress and other types of adversity more effectively than their low resilience counterparts.