Maria Sirois: Resilient Wisdom at 1440 Multiversity

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Resilient Wisdom

The Art and Science of Rising

February 4 - 9, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$395 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

Life is difficult, capricious and at times terrifying.  It is also wondrous, beneficent and surprisingly beautiful.  Navigating these two realities requires a deep resilience, a capacity to ride waves of change while holding fast to what is good and strong within us while elevating new capacities.  The ability to do just this – hold fast and grow – is at the heart of the art and science of Resilient Wisdom.

Together with Maria Sirois, you will explore research available from the fields of resilient leadership, positive psychology and mind/body medicine. Specifically, we will address current models of resilience, the tools and perspectives that elevate resilience while under chronic stress or in acute distress, and increase our capacity to transform stress into opportunity.  Practices will include:  leveraging strengths, exploring growth mindsets during times of stress, elevating appreciation, meaning and optimism, reducing negative thought patterns and amplifying healthy connection.  This workshop is designed for professional development as well as for personal journeys.

Psychologists, mental health professionals, nurses, and social workers will gain science-based tools useful for the direct application of their client/patient care and as managers and supervisors, including reducing pessimism and negative thought bias, construction of an ideal self, and application of character strengths and mindfulness in moments of acute or chronic stress.

None of us travel life unscathed, this is true.  And none of us are spared awe, kindness, or the chance for serenity.  Resilient wisdom is available for each of us, no matter how difficult the journey has been or how complicated our current work or our current living.
Over the course of five days, you will explore how to:

  • Integrate growth mindset principles in clinical settings with trainees and clients, as well as in home environments
  • Identify negative thought habits and reduce pessimism
  • Differentiate positive, healthful sources of support and connection
  • Construct models of ideal authentic resilient selves
  • Apply mindfulness practices as the foundation for developing greater stress reduction, clarity of thought, and a non-reactive stance to stressors and/or crisis.
  • Evaluate the usefulness of positivity, specifically optimism, as it relates to increased self-efficacy, self-regulation, improved strategic and creative thinking, and states of calm.
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  • Faculty Bio
    Maria Sirois, PsyD

    Inspirational speaker and psychologist

    Dr. Maria Sirois, vice president of curriculum at Wholebeing Institute, is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for 20 years.

    As a lecturer and motivational speaker, Maria has been invited to keynote at conferences for wellness organizations, businesses, hospitals, hospices, and religious and philanthropic institutions throughout the country, addressing topics as diverse as sustaining resilience in the presence of suffering, flourishing no matter what, and the heart in philanthropy.

    A master storyteller, she weaves research, story, poetry, and clinical anecdotes to brings to her lecture and workshop audiences the messages that awaken us to living a more meaningful life. Maria is on the core faculty team of the Certificate in Whole Person Positive Psychology alongside Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Megan McDonough.

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  • Why Attend
    • Integrate practices of resilience with health outcomes as well as life satisfaction outcomes

    • Provide opportunity for learning crucial resilience-enhancing practices including, but not limited to: signature strengths, mindfulness, growth mindset, meaning and optimism, gratitude practice

    • Explore application for the health care provider, counselor, psychologist or social worker

    • Discuss the correlation between resilience and thriving.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Sunday, February 4

    The Art of Rising

     7:30 PM-7:40 PM:                Welcome and Group Introductions

    7:40 PM-7:50 PM:                 Mindful Centering

    7:50 PM-8:20 PM:                Description of Current Models of Resilience (Resilience, Recovery, Post-Traumatic    Growth)

    8:20 PM-8:40 PM:                 Examples of Ordinary and Extraordinary Resilience

    8:40 PM-9:00 PM:                 Initial Goal-Setting for the Week, Overview of Schedule

     Monday, February 5

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM:                Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM:                Breakfast

    Foundations of Resilience

    8:30 AM- 8:40 AM:               Morning Mindfulness

    8:40 AM-9:40 AM:                Foundational Perspectives of Resilience: Growth Mindset, Mindful Pausing, Research

    9:40 AM-10:00 AM:              Small group breakout: How Growth Mindset and Mindful Pausing can be directly     applied to a current stressor

     10:00 AM-10:15 AM:           Break

     10:15 AM-11:00 AM:            Transforming Stress into Opportunity: Exploring Research from Stanford, Columbia   regarding perceptions of stress vis a vis mortality/longevity

    11:00 AM-11:15 AM:                Sentence Completion Exercise: Accelerating Awareness

    11:15 AM-11:30 AM:                Q and A, Closing Mindfulness

     11:30 AM-1:30 AM:                 Lunch Break

     1:30 PM-2:15 PM:                    Benefit Finding: Learning to Fail and Rise

    2:15 PM-2:45 PM:                     Application of Benefit Finding to Current Stressor

    2:45 PM-3:00 PM:                    Journaling: What Am I Already Discovering

    3:00 PM-3:30 PM:                    Goal-Setting #2: What Small Goals Can I Articulate Now?

    Tuesday, February 6

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM:                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM:                   Breakfast

                                                       Growth Under Stress

    8:30 AM-8:40 AM:                Morning Mindfulness

    8:40 AM-9:40 AM:                Character and Signature Strengths

    9:40 AM-10:30 AM:              Application of Signature Strengths to Clinical Practice and Home/Work Environments

    10:30 AM-10:45 AM:             Q and A

     10:45 AM-11:00 AM:            Break

     11:00 AM: 11:30 AM:           Mindfulness and Strengths: 4-Breath Practice, Mindful Pause, Novel Use of Strengths

    11:30 AM-11:45 AM:             Q and A

     11:45 AM: 1:30 PM:             Lunch

     1:30 PM- 2:30 PM:              Authenticity and The Ideal Self

    2:30 PM-3:30 PM:                 The Ideal Resilient Self (Developing a Model for Individual Growth and Aspiration)

    Wednesday, February 7

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM:                   Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM: Breakfast


    Why Happiness Matters:Positivity and Resilience

    8:30 AM-8:40 AM:                            Morning Mindfulness

    8:40 AM-9:10 AM:                            Exploring Happiness: Meaning and Pleasure in Balance, Research

    9:10 AM-10:00 AM:                          How Happiness Elevates Success, Health, Life Satisfaction and Resilience, Practice

    10:00 AM-10:15 AM:                        Thriving Model: Integrating Mindfulness, Happiness and Resilience


    10:15 AM-10:30 AM:                       Break


    10:30 AM-11:30 AM:                      Elevating Meaning: An Architecture for Suffering

    11:30 AM-11:45 AM:                       Closing Mindfulness


    11:45 AM-1:30 PM:                          Lunch Break

    Barriers to Positivity

    1:30 PM-2:30 PM:                             Reducing Negative Thought Habits/Increasing Optimism

    2:30 PM-3:00 PM:                             Identifying External Barriers to Positive Change

    3:00 PM-3:20 PM:                             Journaling/Small Group Conversation: Reducing Barriers

    3:20 PM-3:30 PM:                             Revisiting Big and Small Goals – Where are We Now?

    Thursday, February 8

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM:                            Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM:                            Breakfast 

    Willpower and Waypower

    8:30 AM-8:40 AM:                            Morning Mindfulness

    8:40 AM- 9:00 AM:                           Fantastic Future Exercise

    9:00 AM- 9:15 AM:                           Small Group Sharing

    9:15 AM-10:15 AM:                          Gratitude: The Power of Appreciation, Research and Practice


    10:15 AM-10:30 AM:                        Break


    10:30 AM-11:10 AM:                        Connection and Social Support: Leveraging Growth

    11:10 AM-11:30 AM:                        Lovingkindness Meditation: Research and Practice

    11:30 AM-1:30 PM:                          Lunch Break

    1:30 PM-2:00 PM:              Integration: Vision, Goals, Strengths, Authentic Ideal Self, Optimism, Appreciation, Connection

    2:00 PM-3:30 PM:                 Vision Board

    Friday, February 9

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM:                Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM:                Breakfast 

    Standing as the Mountain:     Resilient Living

    8:30 AM-8:40 AM:               Mindfulness Practice

    8:40 AM-9:10 AM:                Mining the Gold: Most Important Learnings

    9:10 AM-9:55 AM:                Sustaining Successful Transformation: How Positive Change Happens, Research and Practice

    9:55 AM-10:20 AM:              Gratitude Practice

    10:20 AM-10:30 AM:            Closing Mindfulness Moment


    None required.

    Experience Level

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses. All Levels.

    CEs Available

    CE Hours Available

    This course has been approved for 23 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
    • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    • No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

    If 1440 Multiversity Cancels

    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.

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    For questions or concerns, please email [email protected], Programming Department.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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