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"Aggie Moms...

Serving Hands and Connected Hearts"

 

We had a great speaker at our meeting on Tuesday with Maggie Gartner, PhD, ABPP.  She sent had some great tips in her handout and sent it to us to let all our members know. It is copied below:

Got Resilience?

 Maggie Gartner, PhD, ABPP

 TAMU Student Counseling Service

 November 8, 2016

 Student Counseling Service information:

 Located at White Creek

  • 33 service providers, 9 trainees
  • Free, confidential services
  • Individual, couple and group counseling
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Outreach programming

 Program: 

 What is resilience?

 Situations that require resilience

 Building resilience

 Recommendations for working with your student

 Resilience exercises

 Ever wonder why two people, when faced with the same experience, react differently?  Resilience!

 Definition: 

 Resilience is defined as the ability to withstand or recover quickly from change, hardship or misfortune.  It’s associated with elasticity, buoyancy and adaptation.  In physics, resilience is the ability of a material to quickly return to its original form after being bent, stretched or twisted.  Resilient people demonstrate flexibility, durability, an attitude of optimism and openness for learning.  Resilience not only gives you the tools to handle hardship and disappointment, but allows you to develop new skills and perspectives that lead to continued success.  Resilience is not something you either have or don’t have.  Rather than a personality trait, it is a combination of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned, practiced, and fostered by anyone! 

 College Situations requiring Resiliency:

 1. Relationship Loss-- through death, divorce, illness or distance

 2. Academic problems-- coursework, grades, small group work, studying, labs

 3. Financial hardship—tuition, room and board, parent job loss or job change, medical bills

 4. Family issues-- conflict among family members, partner violence, parental conflict, blended families

 5. Legal problems—custody/parenting issues, DUI, discrimination issues, sexual assault

 6. Roommate issues—different schedules, boundaries, rules, romance

 7. Mental health concerns-- depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues

 8. Medical problems – temporary or longer term

 9. Accidents - 

 10. Natural disasters -

 How resilient is YOUR student?

 Look at a combination of behaviors and attitude

       Longer-term coping skills

       Active use of skills

       HOPE! And a positive attitude

 Building resilience:

 Social support

 Optimism and confidence

 Use of Resources

 Problem-solving skills

 Emotional stability

 Humor

 Tenacity

 How to help your student:

 Develop good relationships

  • Accept help
  • Be part of a community
  • Volunteer
  • Help him/her be proactive:  develop realistic goals, seek alternatives, take decisive action
  • Develop perspective:  don’t allow her/him to catastrophize, help him/her accept change, keep perspective, think positively
  • Engage in self-care: tend to self, exercise, eat healthy, nurture positive self-view, engage in self-discovery

 Practice for you AND your student: 

 Name 3 resilient people

  Describe a time you were resilient

  List your positive qualities

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At our October meeting our speaker, Paul Pausky from the Career Center, presented a slideshow entitled Building Your Professional Network and handouts Improve Your Resume;  Paul graciously shared those documents with our club due to not having enough handouts at our meeting.  See links below for both.

2016 Career Services Building Your Network 2016 Career Services Building Your Network (7977 KB)

Career Center Improve Your Resume Career Center Improve Your Resume (1396 KB)

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Our students were thrilled with their packages. 

 
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