Presenter: Linda T. (Lynn) Sanford, LICSW
The myth of “once damaged goods, always damaged goods” posits that a survivor of trauma is destined to continue patterns of abuse – against self or others. Quite to the contrary, most survivors go on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Many, in fact, derive their greatest strengths in the very areas were they’ve been hurt the most, not only becoming strong, but “strong at the broken places.”
This presentation will include a showing of the documentary short story “Strong at the Broken Places” produced by the Oscar-winning Cambridge Documentary Films. After a brief discussion of the film, Aaron Antonovsky’s “salutogenic” (strengths-focused) model for resiliency will be presented as well as the characteristics that help survivors overcome trauma.