Pathways to Resilience Workshops


Pathways to Resilience Workshops


To: Deans, Department Heads, and University Center Directors

From: Terry Wildman (, Director, CEUT

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The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is pleased to offer the following workshop for Virginia Tech faculty members and administrators. All of us would like to do our part in shaping a future beyond April 16 that ensures not only survival but also the possibility of positive growth for ourselves, our colleagues and our students. But how do we attain this outcome? Drs. Echterling and Stewart bring to this workshop not only their considerable experience, but a research based model that helps us do so.

Please join us for either of the two sessions on August 30. We would appreciate your letting us know of your participation by registering at the CEUT website (http://<u></u>).

Pathways to Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving
Dr. Lennis Echterling and Dr. Anne Stewart

A Workshop for Virginia Tech Faculty and Administrators
Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Thursday, August 30, 2007, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Morning <i>or</i> Afternoon, 9:00 am - noon <i>or</i> 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Most of us are remarkably hardy when it comes to our response to traumatic events. According to research, between 75% and 90% of survivors of traumatic events report personal growth and positive transformations some months or years after such events (Echterling & Stewart, in press).

In this workshop, Drs. Echterling and Stewart will draw upon this promising research and their years of experience providing disaster intervention services to help faculty members and administrators foster a psychologically secure learning environment for our students and ourselves. Specifically, workshop leaders will help us better understand the concept of resilience, recognize crisis as a turning point that involves both threats and opportunities, and integrate techniques that enhance hope and that resolve into instructional strategies.

Registration for either the morning or afternoon sessions of this three-hour workshop may be completed by clicking on the appropriate registration link at:


<i>Lennis Echterling</i> is Professor and Director of Counseling Psychology at James Madison University. He has more than 30 years of experience in promoting resilience, particularly during crises and disasters. He has provided disaster intervention services across the country, including Mississippi and Texas after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Following the 9/11 attacks, he worked as a Red Cross volunteer with survivors at the Pentagon. More recently, he was a crisis counselor after the shootings at Virginia Tech University. His books include <i>Crisis Intervention: Promoting Resilience and Resolution in Troubled Times</i>, <i>Thriving! A Manual for Students in the Helping Professions</i>, <i>Beyond Brief Counseling</i>, and <i>Becoming a Community Counselor</i>. Dr. Echterling has received the College Award for Distinguished Service, James Madison University Distinguished Faculty Award, Virginia Counselors Association Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, and the Counseling Vision and Innovation Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

<i>Anne Stewart</i> is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. She has worked to promote the resilience of children and families in projects throughout the world, including Sri Lanka and India following the massive tsunami. Dr. Stewart has designed and implemented grant-funded projects addressing the psychosocial problems of landmines in Bosnia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mozambique. In the United States, she has served as a consultant and service provider after Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech University shootings, and other catastrophic events. Her books include <i>Becoming a Community Counselor</i> and <i>Thriving! A Manual for Students in the Helping Professions</i>. She is the president of the Virginia Play Therapy Association and the recipient of the James Madison University "All Together One" Award and the College Award for Distinguished Service.


Terry Wildman




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Terry Wildman, “Pathways to Resilience Workshops,” The April 16 Archive, accessed May 19, 2022,