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Jon Sanders & Jennifer Di Bella


Resiliency: Meeting the Emotional and Human Needs of the Intercultural Workplace

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.

Level: All

Delivery: Workshop

Track: Cross-Cutting Topics in Intercultural Relations

Jon Sanders
Private Practice Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Jon Sanders recently retired after 12-years as a psychotherapist in the Peace Corps' Counseling and Outreach Unit. He provided consultation and support to Volunteers in the field on issues ranging from cross-cultural adjustment to healing following the death of a volunteer. He worked with overseas staff to enhance teamwork and develop "resiliency" maximizing locally available resources for managing crises and stress. Mr. Sanders served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia and has worked as a staff psychotherapist for diverse and international clients at mental health clinics in the Washington, D.C. area;he taught university students in the principles of structural-strategic therapy and served as a mental health consultant to the expatriate community in Guatemala where he lived with his family for four years. Mr. Sanders has a BA from Trinity College (Hartford), MA from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and an Master of Social Work from Catholic University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He holds certificates in Gestalt psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis.

Jennifer Di Bella
Expert Consultant

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.