The study of resilience has expanded significantly in the last twenty years, particularly focused on applying resilience strategies to improve stress hardiness and quality of life. The impetus for this research has primarily been work with children experiencing emotional, developmental, behavioral or traumatic problems. The field has increasingly focused on identifying those variables that predict resilience or stress hardiness in the face of adversity and developing models for effective application. A number of good longitudinal studies are now demonstrating that the very same qualities that enhance and support resilience in youth also apply equally in the adult years. In this keynote, Dr. Goldstein will briefly review scientific evidence as to the importance and effectiveness of resilience, the available research concerning applying and teaching resilience strategies and the application of these qualities within the person, family and environment in the lives of school psychologists. The presenter will discuss the relevant variables involving temperament, mindset, family and professional relationships as well as the extended community in shaping and reinforcing a resilient mindset – and offer a framework taking into account a range of biological, psychological and social factors, each with multi-directional influence in contributing not just to adequate functioning but flourishing over time. Dr. Goldstein will also offer a set of guidelines to harness the power of resilience in shaping a stress hardy mindset.

Dr. Sam Goldstein is a neuropsychologist with areas of specialization in school psychology, child development and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is licensed as a psychologist and certified as a developmental disabilities evaluator in the State of Utah. Dr. Goldstein has authored 50 books and 50 chapters/peer reviewed research articles. He currently serves as editor in chief for the Journal of Attention Disorders and sits on the editorial boards for six peer reviewed journals.