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Resilience in Action
An Information and Practice Guide
Roberta R. Greene and Nicole Dubus
ISBN: 978-0-87101-515-0. 2017.
Item #5150. 168 pages.
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Helping professionals are called to aid individuals and communities in times of tragedy or disaster. Effective intervention and treatment often hinge on augmenting the natural resilience of those affected by adverse situations. But what is resilience How can practitioners recognize, foster, and celebrate resilience in the people that they serve.

Resilience in Action: An Information and Practice Guide examines the methods, practices, and protocols of the resilience ecological stress model (RESM). A metatheory grounded in ecological systems, RESM can be used to help individuals, families, and communities regain the ability to function after calamitous events. In this book, Roberta R. Greene and Nicole Dubus demonstrate how to apply RESM’s framework with a variety of different service users, including those battling a chronic disease, navigating workplace violence, or coping with the aftereffects of an earthquake. The book also discusses how to take a resilient approach to work with refugees, adolescent students, military families, individuals belonging to minority groups, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

Real-life case studies throughout the text further illustrate the components and implementation of RESM. These examples involve individuals who have assisted with or experienced the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters. With its practical tips and situation-specific toolboxes, this book is a must-read for practitioners on the frontlines of adversity.
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Putting Resilience in Action

Chapter 2: Resilience Ecological Stress Model and Social Work Practice: Practice Strategies after Critical Events

Chapter 3: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Fostering Individual Resilience in Combating a Chronic Disease

Chapter 4: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Military Family Resilience - Reconnecting after War

Chapter 5: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Group Practice with Survivors of a California Earthquake

Chapter 6: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Resisting Political Violence at the Workplace

Chapter 7: Educational Resilience: A Preventive Resilience Ecological Stress Model Approach

Chapter 8: Resilience Ecological Stress Model: Preparing for a Resilient Approach to Refugee Resettlement

Chapter 9: Resilience Ecological Stress Model and Special Populations during an Adverse Event

Roberta R. Greene, PhD, LCSW, was professor and chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She worked at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers. She also served on the CSWE Commission on Educational Policy and Innovation. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship award. Dr. Greene has authored numerous publications in the areas of aging, human behavior, and social work. Her books include Social Work with the Aged and Their Families, Competence: Select Theoretical Frameworks, Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice, Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework, and Resiliency: An Integrated Approach to Practice, Policy, and Research.

Nicole Dubus, PhD, MSW, LCSW, is assistant professor in social work at San Jose State University in California. Her research interests are on the life course experiences of refugees and on interprofessional practice in health and behavioral health settings.
Resilience in Action was reviewed by Elise H. Reed for the journal Social Work.

Roberta R. Greene, PhD, LCSW, professor and chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, and Nicole Dubus, PhD, LCSW, assistant professor in social work at San Jose State University, California, have developed a practical guide to direct service providers through the complex roles of helping survivors affected by long-term adverse conditions reclaim their lives in Resilience in Action: An Information and Practice Guide. This case study–driven guide addresses natural disasters; chronic disease; family readjustment, including refugee resettlement; and political violence. In line with the ethical responsibilities of social work practice, this book highlights work with vulnerable and marginalized populations in addressing ongoing conditions of adversity. The book indicates that critical events addressed in the text are often a chain in an ongoing series of events for the referenced group. Attention is given to the issue of prevention as it relates to the need for specialized skills when working with children and older adults.

Read the full review. Available to subscribers of Social Work.