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2016 Annual Conference

November 7–11, 2016

Albuquerque, NM

Building Resilience for Adult Educators and Learners

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM–4:15 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
Pavilion VI (375)
Session Abstract
This session will focus on adult learners’ emotional well-being and optimism about academic performance. The focus of this session is to help adult educators and learners understand how emotions affect how we feel and influence our day. This session will explore how self awareness can be used to increase resilience.
Target Audience
Adult educators and adult learners who would like to:
Have more energy throughout the day.
Develop intuitive know how to respond to challenge and change.
Reset your motivation.
Perform communications which are clear, rich and fulfilling.
Be challenged to get the job done.
Improve resilience and performance.
Session Description
This session will explore resilience concepts such as capacity and awareness. Capacity is the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something. Awareness is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. These are concepts along with the emerging views that adult learners have the ability to build their personal resilience capacity—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually (The session will focus on the emotional domain). The session will provide an analysis of the ways that we can deplete our energy reserves—especially emotionally. Through understanding how emotions affect our daily activity the activities will help participants become more aware of their emotional energy expenditures and how it affects their resilience. Participants also will become more aware of ways to build resilience, which can assist adult educators and adult learners in formal and nonformal learning environments. Stress affects the body in many ways. The best way to manage stress is to deal with it in the moment of onset. Building resilience will help improve our cognitive functioning in order to ensure we are operating at peek performance mentally, emotionally and physically.

Primary Presenter

Shawnette Williams, Kansas State University

Additional Presenters: Enters In Order

Susan M. Yelich Biniecki, PhD, Kansas State University