Learning Community: Operationalizing Resilience for Crisis Response Workers | Spring 2023

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with Dr. Kira Mauseth to offer a live learning community in Spring 2023 focusing on resilience for crisis work. Each session includes expert-led instruction and experiential learning. 6 hours of CE credits available* (see below).


Tired of being told that we need to “be resilient?” Participants in this learning community will have the opportunity to develop a personal working model for how to operationalize resilience in their professional and personal lives. By spending one session on each of the four “ingredients” of resilience (Purpose, Connection, Adaptability & Hope), we will take the broad concept of resilience and transition it into reasonable and actionable steps, ideas, and practical applications for crisis workers and other behavioral health supporters. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Share examples based on personal experience of resilience as defined through Purpose, Connection, Adaptability and Hope 
  • Reflect with colleagues about challenges in crisis work relative to active resilience building.
  • Develop specific and personalized ways for operationalizing resilience at work and at home. 
  • Identify and practice some active coping skills and techniques consistent with a pragmatic and action-based conceptualization of resilience.  

SESSIONS: Wednesdays, February 8 - March 8, 2023. No session on Feb. 22.

9:30-11 am AK / 10:30am - 12pm PT / 11:30am - 1pm MT


February 8

Purpose: Finding, discovering and making meaning in crisis work 



February 15

Connection: Reaffirming and developing healthy connections with others 


March 1

Adaptability: Empowering yourself through how you react and respond


March 8

Hope: Identifying and focusing on realistic opportunities


Kira Mauseth, PhD

Dr. Kira Mauseth

Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as an Associate Teaching Professor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities. Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team© program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees in Haiti, Jordan and Poland, and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).





References cited in slides:

Session 1:

  • Schippers MC, Ziegler N. Life Crafting as a Way to Find Purpose and Meaning in Life. Front Psychol. 2019 Dec 13;10:2778. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02778. PMID: 31920827; PMCID: PMC6923189. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6923189/
  • Hill PL, Turiano NA, Mroczek DK, Burrow AL. The Value of a Purposeful Life: Sense of Purpose Predicts Greater Income and Net Worth. J Res Pers. 2016 Dec; 65:38-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.07.003. Epub 2016 Sep 4. PMID: 28461710; PMCID: PMC5408461.
  • Kim ES, Chen Y, Nakamura JS, Ryff CD, VanderWeele TJ. Sense of Purpose in Life and Subsequent Physical, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Health: An Outcome-Wide Approach. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2022;36(1):137-147. doi:10.1177/08901171211038545
  • McKnight, P. E., & Kashdan, T. B. (2009). Purpose in Life as a System that Creates and Sustains Health and Well-Being: An Integrative, Testable Theory. Review of General Psychology, 13(3), 242–251. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0017152

Session 3:

Session 4:

  • Jevne, R. F., Westra, K., & Hope Foundation of Alberta. (1998). Key elements of hope-focused counselling: The art of making hope visible. Edmonton, AB: Hope Foundation of Alberta
  • Cheavens, J. S., Michael, S. T., & Snyder, C. R. (2005). The Correlates of Hope: Psychological and Physiological Benefits. In J. A. Eliott (Ed.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on hope (pp. 119–132). Nova Science Publishers.​

  • Wang S, Zhao Y, Li J, Lai H, Qiu C, Pan N, Gong Q. Neurostructural correlates of hope: dispositional hope mediates the impact of the SMA gray matter volume on subjective well-being in late adolescence. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2020 Jun 23;15(4):395-404. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsaa046. PMID: 32378710; PMCID: PMC7308655.​

  • Zapata, M. A. (2022). Disability Self-Worth and Positive Personal Meaning in Disability: Correlates of Hope Among U.S. Residents With Physical Disabilities. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 65(2), 150–160. https://doi.org/10.1177/00343552211009569​

  • Yue Yang, Qingqing Li, Junjie Wang, Yong Liu, Mingyue Xiao, Lin Luo, Haijing Yi, Qiaoling Yan, Wei Li, Hong Chen. (2022). The powerful brain: Neural correlates of sense of power and hope, Neuropsychologia, 174, 108317, ISSN 0028-3932, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2022.108317.​


  • Crisis Response Workers who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) 
  • Additionally, participants should be currently working in crisis response settings such as crisis lines, crisis centers and/or mobile crisis outreach
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is expected
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • Applications are now closed
  • Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].

*Continuing Education Credit Details

Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUS with your licensing/credentialing entity. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Starts: Feb 8, 2023 10:30 am
Ends: Mar 8, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
January 30, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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