Realistic Optimism: Meeting the Psychological Challenges of the Pandemic FebruaryFeb 23 2021 06:30pm - 08:00pm

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"Realistic Optimism" is a learnable attribute that is pivotal in successfully meeting the many psychological and interpersonal challenges imposed by the COVID pandemic. Unlike pie-in-the-sky optimism, research shows the realistic variety allows us to adapt, grow more resilient, and maintain self-mastery in the face of adversity and life disruptions. During this presentation, we will examine the critical components of realistic optimism, including:

-Emotional self-regulation
-A growth mindset
-Effective self-care in support of personal well-being

There will be time for discussion after the program.

$5, register and prepay by Monday, February 22. This is a virtual program via Zoom, you will receive a Zoom link by NOON on the day of the program.

  • Philip Chard
    Organizer of Realistic Optimism: Meeting the Psychological Challenges of the Pandemic
    Philip Chard is President/CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety, and productivity solutions. In addition, he is a practicing psychotherapist who writes an award-winning weekly column in the Shepard Express, Milwaukee's weekly newspaper, titled "Out of My Mind," and is author of The Healing Earth, which won the Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature's Ways, which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction. Philip has been a guest expert on ABC Television's 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues. Prior to joining Empathia, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award. Philip holds a MS in counseling psychology from Drake University, is a licensed clinical social worker, completed five years of post-masters study in health psychology from Saybrook University and is a Master Practitioner of NLP.
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