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The Power of Resilience

May 12th, 2017

“It is in our broken places that a light can shine through. –Anonoymous”

We often hear stories on the news about people who experienced significant tragedies in their lives, yet have found a way to move forward and find joy in life again. We admire their strength and ask ourselves, “Would I be able to do the same?” The answer is yes. The secret lies in the power of our resilience.

At JCADA, we are often in awe of our clients who have endured incredible trauma but have been able to recover and start anew. Through their healing process, they have discovered an inner strength that has allowed them move forward and embark on a new journey. Despite the pain they have experienced, many are able to smile brightly and see all the positives that life has to offer them.

Being resilient does not mean that a person does not experience difficulty or hardship.  Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress. Research shows that, for survivors of domestic abuse, their sense of hope, self-esteem, optimism, and social support, can buffer the adverse effects of domestic abuse and enhance their resilience.

Resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.   Each of us has resilience but may need support in recognizing it and tapping into that special power. Part of the mission of JCADA is to support victims of domestic abuse and empower them to improve their lives. Our individual, group, and community services are designed with the intention to promote resilience. This involves helping survivors overcome their experiences and reconstruct a new existence. 

Posted by JCADA | Topic: Clinical  | Category: Clinical

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