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R3 Speaks: Human Resilience in Response to Disruptive Events

Les Kertay
September 5, 2017

The natural state of living organisms is resilience. In the face of disruption, after the initial shock the most common reaction by far is to adapt, resolve, and recover. Many modern approaches to behavioral treatment, including those crisis response methodologies that say they are rooted in the concept of resilience, continue to focus on preventing long-term trauma, the least likely outcome. This brief talk focuses on how we can improve the outcomes of behavioral interventions by bending the curve of recovery toward maximum resilience.

Les Kertay

Guest Author

Les Kertay is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist. He has extensive experience and expertise in the arena of mind-body health including disability medicine, chronic pain, health behaviors, crisis response, and managing workplace absence. With over 15 years in executive leadership positions in the medical and vocational areas of the disability insurance industry, Dr. Kertay has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to the psychological aspects of work and disability, practical approaches to managing psychosocial issues in medical practice, pain management, somatoform and personality disorders, and professional ethics. Also, in addition to other publications, he is a contributor to three books on psychosocial aspects of complex disability claims and is lead editor for the AMA Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems. Dr. Kertay is also a practicing clinician and industry consultant.