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Societal Resilience: Shifting Perspective From Me to We

presented by Cheryl Van Demark, PT, MA, C-IAYT

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Financial: Cheryl Van Demark receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Cheryl Van Demark has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 32 Minutes

Recognizing that resilience can be cultivated on community, ecosystem, and planetary levels presents enormous societal opportunities. Clinicians in all areas of rehabilitation may experience enhanced work engagement when the value of reintegrating patients into society is viewed from this perspective. Practicing mindfulness within social interactions appears to promote prosocial behaviors. Social witnessing is introduced to learn how to recognize and mitigate suffering within diverse yet interrelated local and global societies.

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Cheryl Van Demark, PT, MA, C-IAYT

Cheryl Van Demark is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher with a master's degree in physical education and exercise science. She is approaching 40 years of helping individuals optimize body alignment, restore movement, build strength, and cultivate a balance in body, mind, and spirit to pursue joyful living. Cheryl is deeply inspired to…

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1. Resilience in Community

Community environments can positively and negatively impact resilience across the five human treasures described by the teachings of yoga. Research on compassionate recognition of the collective health impact of adverse community experiences (ACEs) is presented, and principles of trauma-informed care are introduced.

2. We Are Living Systems

A cursory overview of yoga philosophy is presented to inform our understanding of ecosystem relationality. The impact of environment on health status should be considered, and pathways to human-nature connectedness should be included when creating self-care plans.

3. Global Social Witnessing

To say that the human race is living through challenging times is an understatement. Seeing our challenges in a clear light is crucial to innovation in solutions to long-standing social disparities on many levels that impact human resilience. A method of witnessing one another is introduced. Structural competency in medical education is explored with encouragement to reflect upon its presence or absence within the participant’s healthcare workplace.

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