The past year has posed hardships and caused losses that have affected everyone in different ways. Resilience is the ability to adapt when faced with such losses and challenges, bounce back, and move forward with optimism. Everyone is resilient to some degree, but it’s possible to strengthen your children’s resilience “muscles” – and your own – by exercising them. Does your child tend to worry that the worst is going to happen? There are steps you can take, for example, to encourage more realistic thinking.
Building resilience can ease the transition back to school this fall and help your children thrive despite the uncertainties and changes they will face. The panelists, a child and adolescent psychologist, a pediatrician and an adult psychiatrist, all board members of Resilience Across Borders, discussed practical and evidence-based skills that parents can encourage in their kids as they move forward into a new school year.
Mary Alvord, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Board of Directors of Resilience Across Borders and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She is a licensed psychologist and received her doctorate in 1977. She has been providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to children, adolescents, and adults over the past four decades. Since 2009, she has been collaborating with Dr. Rich at Catholic University of America on outcome research of the Resilience Builder Program® and has co-authored multiple journal articles and book chapters on resilience and translating research to practice. She has contributed to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) public education guides on resilience in children and teens and stress. Dr. Alvord’s Pursuit of Resilience has been featured on APA’s website.
Dr. Dana Kornfeld
Dana Kornfeld, M.D. received her M. D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. She completed her pediatric residency at The Children’s National Medical Center, and was appointed Chief Resident in Pediatrics the following year. Dr. Kornfeld continued her training at Children’s with a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine. She has worked at The Pediatric Care Center caring for children and adolescents since 1997. Dr. Kornfeld is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and the specialty of Adolescent Medicine.
Dr. Beth Salcedo
Beth Salcedo, M.D. is the medical director at the Ross Center in Washington. DC. She is a psychiatrist with expertise in diagnostic assessment and psychopharmacologic management of anxiety and mood disorders in adults. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she was Chief Resident in her fourth year. She has been the Medical Director of The Ross Center since 2002, and has been with the center since 1997. She has consistently been named in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” since 2010. She has been an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America since 2004, chairing their membership committee and being elected to serve on their board of directors for 2014. A 20 year member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Salcedo was awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow in 2015.