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The Hope Navigator training is a focused two-day training designed to prepare selected team members the capacity to provide leadership and onsite support on the Science and Power of Hope in an organization, group, or community. This training will use small group discussion and brainstorming activities for shared learning; therefore, each participant should join the training to access a camera and audio for full participation.

Your Instructors:

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.



PharrisDr. Angela Pharris‘s professional practice includes work in child welfare training and mental health. Over the course of her career she has been part of implementation of several programs, including a large training program for the state child welfare system in in Tennessee, a homeless outreach program, and assisted in the early development of a Mental Health Court in Nashville and Rutherford County, Tennessee. Dr. Pharris’s research is focused on policy implementation, specifically state strategies for policy implementation in child welfare. Her dissertation focused on the actions of states to implement programs for youth aging out of foster care, and the impact of political culture on administrative choices.



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.



Lesson Content:

Before the Training:
1. Identify your unique character strengths by completing a profile at
2. Please complete the assigned pre-readings provided in the course materials.

Day 1
Session 1: Hope Theory
1. Introduction to positive psychology and Hope in the context of well-being.
a. Break Out Session:
i. Identify your top strengths and discuss how it connects with your own
ii. Discuss the lowest strengths. Do you agree with the order?
2. The Power and Science of Hope, Hope Awareness presentation
3. Hope Reading Review:
a. Hope Rising (Ch 2 & 3),
b. 3 Pillars of Trauma Informed Care,
c. Hope and Resilience

Break-Out Discussion Focus (Readings):
1. What is the big take away for each article?
2. Why is nurturing Hope important?
3. What does it mean to claim, “Hope is a science”?
4. Is positive psychology only focused on what is good? Is it just the power of positive
5. What is needed for your team to implement the 3 pillars of TIC?

Session 2: Enhancing, Finding and Modeling Hope
1. The Importance of Setting and Clarifying Goals
a. Your Personal and Professional Goals Worksheet
2. Identifying Pathways to Nurture Hope
a. Hope Worksheets
b. Pathways to Goals Worksheet

Break-Out Discussion Focus:
1. How does identifying and discussing goals nurture hope?
2. How is goal setting understood in the research? What is the impact of high and low hope
on goal setting?
3. Why do people benefit from pathway planning and considering barriers and problems?
Doesn’t that just lower hope?
4. What do you feel when you work on your goal setting worksheet?
5. How can you help others make the connection between the activities and their own hope?
Can the tools help Hope rise?
6. Individual hope can be varied in any group, how can you use the training and information
to find hope, enhance hope and model hope?

Day 2
Session 3: Hope at Work: Building a Hope Centered Organization
1. Check-In: Big Group Discussion
a. Tell us one thing that stands out to you about hope.
b. Describe one thing about hope this is not clear or causes some doubt.
2. The Science and Power of Hope in your work.
a. Breakout rooms:
i. Each provide an overview of your work.
ii. Where do you see hope in your work, or your programs?
iii. What are the potential detractors to integrating hope?
3. Characteristics of a Hope Centered Organization
a. 6 Guiding Principles of a Hope Centered Organization
4. Measuring Hope
a. Take and score the adult hope scale.
5. Hope Reading Review
a. Discussion on Camp Hope, Hope and Burnout, and ACE, Attachment, & Hope

Discussion Focus:
1. What is the big take away for each article?
2. Where is there a risk for hope to decrease?
3. How have the authors of the readings used Hope to build programs and organizations?
What was the result of their effort?

Session 4: Hope Centered Implementation and Change
1. Where do we go from here? Using the tenants of Hope to implement a Hope Centered
2. Hope Centered Model for Project Implementation
a. Large group brainstorming of ideas to use Hope in your project
b. Break out in work teams to complete the goal setting worksheet
c. Debrief the goals in large group
3. Building your pathways

Discussion Focus:
1. What are the opportunities to use Hope in your project?
2. Are there policy strategies, program strategies or structural strategies that can be adapted
to help with Hope finding, Hope enhancing and Hope modeling?
3. As a team, what do you think needs to happen next?