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Resiliency Circles

Thursday, April 7, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

California Chapter 1 is excited to offer a new benefit to members: Resiliency Circles. If you are feeling emotional fatigue and stress, Resilience Circles can be a source of respite and recharging. These Resilience Circles are structured around the We Are Resilient™ approach, which includes research-based skills which promote mental health.

We Are Resilient™

  • Helps you navigate your personal daily stressors and work/life changes.
  • Defines resilience in a deeper, more meaningful way to help you to improve your relationships, have more honest conversations, and improve your team’s ability to work together.
  • Helps you provide trauma-informed care to prevent and mitigate the detrimental health effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma on your patients.
  • Helps you and your colleagues deal with your own trauma, particularly vicarious trauma, and boost your ability to center, connect, and collaborate.
  • Supports your team in communication needs, unleashing creativity, and solving problems together.
Resilience Circles are offered as six-week 1-hour sessions through virtual small group discussions and exercises. The cost for the full series is $50.00 for chapter members, with AAPCA1 covering the remaining cost. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up.




Why Join a Resilience Circle? with Dr. Miriam Rhew


A Word From Our Chapter President

One of my first columns for this newsletter as Chapter Vice President was about physician wellness and burnout. What I wrote then is even more true now, as we enter the third year of the COVID pandemic. Quoting that column from 2019:

“I recently attended a talk by Tait Shanafelt, MD, the Chief Wellness Officer for Stanford Medicine. After presenting the statistics and discussing the scope of the problem, he talked about some interventions that specifically addressed burnout and satisfaction by fostering community and support from colleagues. The results were impressive if unsurprising, physicians who had a structured, regular way to connect with colleagues had lower levels of burnout and found more meaning in their work. His summary: “The medicine was colleagues connecting with each other. Everything else was the syringe.”

As I said in that column, my involvement with my AAP colleagues is the “medicine” for me. Staying connected to you all and doing the learning, advocacy, and work of caring for each other and our patients is one of the ways I stay energized and enthusiastic. Starting this spring, the chapter is offering another resource for our members who may be feeling emotional fatigue and stress. We are partnering with Dovetail Learning to conduct Resilience Circles to help our members get some respite and recharge. These Resilience Circles are structured around the Dovetail Learning We Are Resilient approach, which provides “practical, research-based skills for coping with stress, strengthening relationships and finding joy.” If you are interested in getting more information or participating in this program, sign up here: