Presenters: Jon Sanders & Jennifer Di Bella
Description: What is resiliency? How is it manifest in the overseas living experience? Who owns "resiliency" in the overseas assignment: Human Resources? Recruitment? Training? The sojourner him/herself? What does an international organization need to know about resiliency? What do the overseas sojourners or employees need to know? More importantly, what do they need to be able to do? Can resilience skills be taught? This session will focus on these questions and more from the historical perspective of the Peace Corps, including sharing lessons learned, activities, and frameworks for working with the concepts from multiple perspectives. The EPIC model designed by Jon Sanders, will be used to show how resiliency can be developed to deal with stress and crises.
Retired Special Services Officer
Jon Sanders just retired as a Special Services Officer in the Peace Corps' Counseling and Outreach Unit. He provided consultation and support to those in the field on issues ranging from healing following the death of a volunteer to improved morale and staff team building.He regularly provided orientations and training on critical incident management and creating "resiliency" at post to maximize resources available to deal withstress and crises. Mr. Sanders has been a staff psychotherapist for diverse and international clients at mental health clinics in the Washington, D.C. area, primary mental health consultant to the Peace Corps and U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, among other international and domestic jobs. Mr. Sanders has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees and an Master of Social Work from Catholic University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland andthe District of Columbia. He holds certificates in Gestalt psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis.
Jennifer Di Bella
J.J. is a certified professional co-active coach and expert consultant at the Peace Corps. She has been with Peace Corps for sixteen years and held a variety of positions including: Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher Trainer in the Eastern Caribbean;Recruiter and Recruitment Coordinator in the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Office;Associate Peace Corps Director of Education and Director of Programming &Training in PC/Zambia;and Professional Development Specialist and Expert Consultant at Peace Corps Headquarters training overseas staff and assisting with new country entries, special projects, and leading global training initiatives. She is a self-described life-long learner with a Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Education from George Mason University.