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Hope has emerged as one of the top factors leading to well-being across the life span. This seminar provided by Chan Hellman, PH.D. and Casey Gwinn, J.D. will present the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences. In particular this presentation will summarize over a decade of research that shows: (1) hope predicts positive outcomes, (2) hope buffers the effects of adversity, and (3) hope can be learned and sustained.  This webinar will provide an overview of the science and power of hope with a particular focus on its application and impacts for foster youth and other trauma-impacted children and teens with high Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Scores.


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn the science of hope and its core components that lead to goal attainment.
  2. Participants will learn how hope can help overcome adversity on the path to well-being.
  3. Participants will learn research-based curriculum on strategies to nurture hope in children, adults, and families.
  4. Participants will discuss the theoretical foundations of hope and its application to personal and professional goals.

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Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center.  He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide.  Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Spring of 2020.  Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity.  This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book “Hope Rising:  How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life” with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.



Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance. He is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center Movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. Casey founded Camp HOPE America in 2003. He is a national expert on domestic violence dynamics, including investigation and prosecution, the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases, and is one of the leading thinkers in the country on the science of hope. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.



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