Resilience as a Pathway to Increased Well-being
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This thesis will examine current working definitions of resilience and will explore how and why resilience is important for client well-being as a means to help counsellors understand ways they can work alongside their clients to develop a client’s innate resilience. Historically, mental health research and treatment has been heavily weighted towards focusing on the study and reduction or abatement of illness and dysfunction, assuming that the absence of symptoms or “illness” equated with wellness and well-being (Fava & Tomba, 2009). Counsellors have a unique opportunity to help clients develop their own innate resilience as a means not simply to overcome problems, stressors, traumas and adversities, but also to enhance their overall wellbeing and quality of life. This thesis argues that the postmodern approach to resilience can be a means of increasing quality of life and well-being and can have greater impact on client’s quality of life in later years than treatment that focuses solely on reduction of symptoms or negative life events (Richardson, G., 2002).